I bought my new flock with the intent to have 1 dozen hens and one rooster. Right now I have 16 birds sexed to have 4 roosters in the lot. I'm going to keep the best one. I hope the Biggest, Most Protective Bird is also the sweetest towards my wife and I. That would be the best case. I have some decisions to make in the next month to month and a half. If I was you I'd do the same and stock up the freezer with some delicious home raised chicken.
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I like to have 3 roos to 24 hens. This gives me a variety mix flock that i can have. So I say 1 Roo to 8 hens. No bare back hens make for happy hens. If I notice any bare back hens then I move out 2 Roos for awhile and put them in a different pen. Either way it is best to keep close eye on hens to make sure they are happy. Even rotating Roos into the hen mix works very well I found out.
I have a few roos. But I only have one per flock and we have 4 flocks. They each have their one coop. We do intend to get rid of 2 of the roos, just not in a fire hurry at this time as we never have any problems out of them. I do turn them all out to free range, but they stay with their flocks and do not all go in the same directions. But I def feel that 11 roos to 12 hens is too many.