2 roo 3 hen ratio safe for breeding pen?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by LocoPollo, Mar 14, 2009.

  1. LocoPollo

    LocoPollo Songster

    Aug 13, 2008
    Ellijay, GA
    I am building some breeding pens and I need to keep them small and managable this year. I am thinking 4 x 2 coops for roosting with 4 x 15 yards. in this setup would two roos and three hens be ok? or would the roos kill each other. I could put just one roo in, but then I don't knwo what to do with the other. unless I just let him perma free range. would that be better?

    Any advice on setting up a small breeding program (for improving my flock and selling a few chicks) would be greatly appreciated!
  2. Set up 2 pens, since you`re building. Put a roo & 2 hens in one and the pair in the other. I always single mate my breeding pens (1 on 1). That way you know which offspring came from which parents. Keep good records. I prefer wing bands to leg bands, but the important thing is banding and recording. Then you can select the best for the next mating. I can help with that if you get that far. PM me.
  3. Mojo Chick'n

    Mojo Chick'n Empress of Chickenville

    The roos may not fight, but they'll breed the poor hens to death (or baldness).

    I'd do what Lillipop said and do two pens (or get rid of one roo)

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