I have White Leghorns and would like to hatch some eggs. How many hens can 1 rooster service effectively?
How Many Hens per Rooster
I have a white leghorn rooster and he is with 6 hens right now,but he wants more
I heard 10 to 12 hens to One rooster was average.
Yeah i was reading it all depends on the breed and the energy of the rooster. Some may do fine with a few hens while others would
be too much for a few hens and he could wear all the back feathers off. It is a balance between making sure he is not giving them too much attention and not having so many hens that eggs are not all fertile.
- Poultry Crank
Before you start to hatch, you need to check the fertility of your eggs each time you use them. If the fertility is low, then you need to reduce the number of hens the rooster is covering, or get a different rooster. If your rooster has a low fertility rate, you really don't want to breed that into your flock in the long term.
However, many things affect fertility, such as feed, day length and age. If you have 10-12 hens with a rooster, you really need a coop/run, not just a cage.