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Originally Posted by duluthralphie View Post


Not great news!

Sorry.

3 roosters for 10 hens is bad news for the hens. That is too many the hens will be raped constantly and the feathers will be ripped off their backs. I keep one rooster for 6-9 hens and had some lose their feathers. I have 8 roosters in the Guinea Gulag. They do fine. I have no roosters with my hens this time of year. The birds are molting and I do not want to have the new feathers ripped off the backs of the hens this time of year.  The 8 roosters are doing fine together, but I would not put a hen in there. They will stay there until breeding time. Then I will put the   good roosters with the hens.

How old are you roosters now?
they are about 16 weeks old,do you think I should sesperate them ? Someone told me if I let them totally free range, I should have a rooster to protect them
post #12 of 12
You will eventually have to remove at least two of your roosters, the roosters will get along for the most part, the real problem you will find out will be the harassment and over mating of your hens, it will start in a month or so and your hens will begin to hide inside.

As far as free ranging it takes a rooster almost a year before he becomes a reliable look out during free ranging, and only lasts until something gets him.
Edited by oldhenlikesdogs - 10/7/15 at 9:29pm
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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