2 roos + 16 hens = trouble?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by bluemoonluck, Jan 10, 2010.

  1. bluemoonluck

    bluemoonluck Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 23, 2009
    I have a flock of 18 that all hatched the first week of August 2009. Of course the two chicks that are my favorites - a gorgeous white EE and a stunning black and green mixed breed - both turned out to be roos [​IMG]

    So how much trouble am I going to have with 2 roos and 16 hens in my flock? They free range across close to 1/3 of an acre and have full access to my 16 x 24 barn with plenty of roosting spots. So far the boys seem to be getting along okay, but then again they are still youngin's.

    I placed all the other roos that I ended up with, but can't bring myself to let either of these guys go. Of course if they start tearing each other up, I won't have a choice!

  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    They may be OK. Just watch them. Lots of folks have that many roos with that many hens. Sometimes they learn to get along and if they are free ranging... they separate and go their way for the day.
  3. Barred Rockstar

    Barred Rockstar Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 7, 2009
    Humboldt County, CA
    If they were raised together you have a good chance they will be fine. Also, you have a good ratio of roos to hens so that is working in your favor as well. Good luck!
  4. danielle82

    danielle82 A Good Egg

    Apr 27, 2009
    Tonasket Wa
    I have 2 roos and 12 hens, so far no trouble. They divided up the alpha weirdly though, one crows, and the other one gets to mate lol I don't know how they came up with that job division, but it works out okay for them so far. One is a may baby one is a july baby, so they are young yet
  5. plight79

    plight79 Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 7, 2010
    Finger Lakes Region, NY
    Yikes! This thread has me worried! I have recently acquired a flock of 7 roosters and 9 hens...they all grew up together. I have had them for three weeks and there haven't been any problems yet. Could this change? Should I be worried?
  6. bluemoonluck

    bluemoonluck Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 23, 2009
    Well, they were all raised together so maybe that will help!!!
  7. Shared Acres

    Shared Acres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 10, 2008
    Northeast Fla
    You should be fine.

    Plight. I would guess you'll have to watch and see. I have Silkies & Showgirls and there are 1-2 hens per rooster at the moment and boys are a little obnoxious towards each other.
  8. CloggingChicken

    CloggingChicken Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 22, 2009
    Hendersonville, NC
    I have 3 roos and 23 hens without too much squabbling between the roosters. The issue that I have found is that my poor ladies are getting worn out. I have had two that sustained injuries from all the riding with scratches on their rumps/under the wings. All the roosters are within 1 week of each other and have been raised together which may explain the lack of fighting between them.

    Good luck,
  9. millie481

    millie481 Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 1, 2010
    Marengo, Ohio
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    I believe you might need a lot more hens there..or less roos. More hens if you have the space and they free range.
  10. plight79

    plight79 Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 7, 2010
    Finger Lakes Region, NY
    Thanks everyone!

    bluemoonluck: sorry, didn't mean to hijack your thread! [​IMG]

    I hope everything goes well with your flock!

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