1 Roo for 20 hens?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Bleenie, Apr 28, 2011.

  1. Bleenie

    Bleenie Wyan-DO's

    I am starting to dislike my EE roos personality more and more lately, he has started getting really rough with the girls and chasing them all over the property. I have a Wyandotte Roo also and I am wondering if he would be able to "take care of" all 20 of the girls once they're full grown? Nine of them are only about 8wks now so there's a ways to go for them but I just wanna be sure. I do want to be able to hatch some of their eggs to replenish the flock a little bit later on.

    The Wyandotte roo is much nicer, he hardly chases them and he's not really rough at all when he grabs them, is this normal behavior for Wyandotte roos? If so, I might just replace EE with another Wyandotte.
  2. Bleenie

    Bleenie Wyan-DO's

  3. gamebirdsonly

    gamebirdsonly Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 5, 2007
    With that many hens I would have at least 3 roos just to make sure eggs are fertile [​IMG]
  4. kano

    kano Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 24, 2008
    Santiago de Chile
    I use to have this one (EE), he lived with 17 girls. I put 6 eggs of their eggs under a broody and 5 were born.(and he has been one of my best roosters ever)
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2011
  5. WA4-Hpoultrymom

    WA4-Hpoultrymom Never enough coops...

    Feb 5, 2009
    Monroe, WA
    My Coop
    My Wyandotte roo is also incredibly gentle. Never had an EE roo though.
  6. Bleenie

    Bleenie Wyan-DO's

    I don't doubt the EE roo could handle them all, he chases them like crazy all day long. They recently started laying but I am sure if I put some in the incubator they would grow/hatch. But he is just such a jerk to them, pulling feathers and making them scream bloody murder.... and he thinks that everyone needs to know HE"S THE MAN a bazillion times a day....

    I just said, " I must have stopped raining, the dummy is out there yelling again" [​IMG]
  7. Delmar

    Delmar Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:I was given 7 roos a while back. 6 are in the freezer. Of the 7, 4 were EE two of those were mean, I don't know the disposition of one because I processed him right away. One is a very proper gentleman.
  8. kano

    kano Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 24, 2008
    Santiago de Chile
    Armin, like I said, is extremely gentle, when he mounted one hen, eventhoug he was big, you could see how carefull he was. He never chaise one around ,separate the figths betwen them, and so on.....
  9. Karrie13

    Karrie13 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2009
    Is your roo young too? If so, give him some time to calm down. My roo was rough with the ladies at first too but has calmed down a LOT as he got older. He used to Chase them and grab their necks and have his way with them, now he is a gentlemen.
  10. BooBear

    BooBear Chicken Cuddler

    Oct 7, 2010
    Conroe, Texas
    20 hens ....... well he will die wore out but overly happy!

    The rule of thumb is around 10 hens per 1 rooster. Some breeders like to keep the hen to rooster ratio a little lower to insure fertility of the eggs.

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