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How many hens for one rooster?

post #1 of 55
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I got a rooster today to help protect my girls because I am down to 3. My question is how many more hens should I get. Could I get away with 3 more? I have 8 pullets that are 3 months old and the 3 hens. I am wanting to hatch some out in the spring so I don't want to get to many more over the winter. I would love to hear your honest opinion.

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post #2 of 55

You can actually have as many as 25 hens to one rooster------even more!

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Peace.  It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work.  It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.

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post #3 of 55

I run one rooster to each five hens but I think most run about 1 to 10.

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post #4 of 55

Yeah some good roosters can have a bunch, as a hen can have fertile eggs for up to 3 wks on one mounting. so yeah get a bunch more and they will all be fine. although he will have his favorites hehehehe.

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As good as a few and better than most, What You'll Tolerate in your flock is what you'll get.
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Standard White Cornish, Dark's & White laced Red Cornish Breeder..........If you don't have Cornish you don't have Chickens. Breeding the best, to the best.
As good as a few and better than most, What You'll Tolerate in your flock is what you'll get.
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post #5 of 55

I have 42 hens and two VERY happy Roos.  And yes they do have their favorites.

post #6 of 55

1 - 10 is general rule... However, I have one rooster per hen in mating pairs with no problems? I say depends on the individual (well there is the trio I have together.. But still same principle).

-Daniel


Edited by DTchickens - 12/4/10 at 7:36pm

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Fourth generation poultry breeder focusing on Kraienköppe- the breed that won my heart and replaced all others on my farm.
http://www.freewebs.com/dtsfowl/

 

Interested in poultry showing? Live in Mississippi or a nearby state? Check out the Mississippi Poultry Show Club

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post #7 of 55
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Thanks I am going to look around. No one has hens around here or roosters I drove 1h:30m for him. I will have to post pics big_smile

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Edited by BookWorm243 - 12/4/10 at 8:09pm

 
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post #8 of 55

The no of hens for 1 rooster depends on how active the bird is big_smile Some breeds need more hens (like 15), for others 3 is enough wink

post #9 of 55

If you are breeding and want a good fertilily rate, your ratio should be 5 hens to 1 roo.  If you want a good mix for your yard, go to 15 hens to 1 roo.  Even at this rate, you will have plenty of fertile eggs to hatch.

post #10 of 55
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I am going to try and start off with 3 more hens for now because in the spring I am going to have 15. Which should be enough?


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