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whats the best tom to hen ratio?

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I just got 5 hens and a tom a couple of weeks ago and i was wondering what is the best ratio for them. Should i get another tom? I want to hatch out the eggs that are already in the incubator and keep about five hens and trade the tom i have now for another so not to  cause inbreeding. I know that with tenhens i would need more than one.

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A young Tom should be able to cover 10 hens no problem.

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Black Copper Marans, BLRW, SLW, GLW, B,B,S Ameracaunas, EE chickens, Guineas(Pearl, Royal Purple & Lavender), Royal Palms,Standard Bronze, Sweetgrass, Narragansett, Golden Narragansett, Bourbon Red turkeys,  Red Golden, Yellow Golden, Ringneck Pheasants, A&M quail, Black Shoulder, Bronze, White, Pied & IB Peafowl!
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post #3 of 4

Hey
If you get another tom they'll fight.
Unless the turkey didn't "pick" you. (They'll pick a person who they like most.)
So you can risk it (they're not like roosters-- who will fight till death) but they will
injure themselves pretty bad

Hope I helped,
Jackie

(if you have a question for me send me a PM because I don't respond to threads sorry. I LOVE TURKEYS!)
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(if you have a question for me send me a PM because I don't respond to threads sorry. I LOVE TURKEYS!)
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The "best" ratio depends on what your goals are.  If you want to establish some kind of rotational breeding schedule without having a huge flock, one-to-one might be the best thing.  If you want to maximize the number of eggs with the fewest adults birds, you want lots of hens per tom.  I keep very few birds over the winter, but I want unrelated birds.  This year I am planing on keeping two toms and three hens, so that I will have unrelated lines next year without having too many eggs.  I only want to have 20-30 birds at a time.  If you keep five hens, and they all make nests, you could find yourself with 50 poults in a hurry one day smile

Chickens were fun...until I got turkeys!
Narragansetts, Golden Narragnasetts, Royal Palms, Calico, Standard Bronze, Red Bronze, (and a few BB Bronze..but don't tell anyone!)
Mixed flock of laying hens
Mixed-stock pigs

Two-many horses

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Chickens were fun...until I got turkeys!
Narragansetts, Golden Narragnasetts, Royal Palms, Calico, Standard Bronze, Red Bronze, (and a few BB Bronze..but don't tell anyone!)
Mixed flock of laying hens
Mixed-stock pigs

Two-many horses

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