Five hens and one rooster.

  1. DCRuch
    This is my first year raising chickens. The coop was not weather proof for our winter, we had to use a heat lamp to get them through the worse of the cold -30c and colder with the wind chill. We have a new house on order that will be insulated. We are waiting for the weather to warm up enough to move their pen. I am going to cover the frame from a canvas covered shed with chicken wire so they can have an open area to scratch around. We have the old trampoline frame from when the kids were small, I am going to cover that with chicken wire as well. The jack pines give shelter and protection from hawks. Their pen and scratch area is a work in progress.

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  1. DCRuch
    Thanks for the tip, I will have to keep an eye out on how he acts to the girls. He seems friendly enough; he had less than 12 hens at his last home and is over two years old.
  2. Dumb Kluck
    I am the thrilled new keeper of 5 hens and a rooster also. From what I've been reading, 12 hens for one roo is kind of a minimum for a peaceful flock, or he will end up beating his girls up too bad trying to over-mate them. Poor girls!
    If/when he starts bullying your girls, you may have to separate him and just allow visits with the hens (which might make him more vocal when separated!)... or double the flock size ;)

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