2 roosters, 6 hens

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by belknap89, Feb 23, 2009.

  1. belknap89

    belknap89 In the Brooder

    Dec 29, 2008
    Fullerton, Maryland
    I have 2 buff ORP roosters who are very active in servicing my(or their) 6 hens(2 buff ORP, 2 AMER, 2 Red SL). One is clearly more dominant but both will assist the other while servicing. They roost, and run together. They don't seem to fight each other but rough treatment on the girls is showing in the form of worn feathers(bald spots) on the lower backs of a couple hens. Is this acceptable? Any ideas?

  2. Master S.M.C

    Master S.M.C Songster

    Jan 23, 2009
    Based on what you said, one of your roos isn't living a happy life. In order to help the feathering problem IMO I would raise the hen count per roo to about 8-12
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    In the long run you are going to end up with hens that are overmated. This can stress the hens out and stess can cause a decrease in egg laying and unhappy hens.
    Two roosters, no matter how well they get along is just one too many for six hens.

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