2 sussex and 1 silkie hens, should i get a silkie rooster too?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by FunkyFaith, Sep 27, 2015.

  1. FunkyFaith

    FunkyFaith Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 2 sussex hens, and 1 silkie hen. I was wanting to get a silkie rooster but I am afraid since I just have one other silkie he will try to mate with her the most.

    If I did get a rooster would it be best to get a silkie, or sussex or just a completely different breed? Or should I just keep it to only hens?
     
  2. TalkALittle

    TalkALittle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Stick with only hens. A ratio of 3:1 is pretty low. Yes, the most docile and easy to mate hens will get over mated. If you're new to chickens or have never had a rooster before definitely think long and hard about whether you want one. Roosters can be challenging and come with a bunch of particular behaviors that don't always end up fitting in with every chicken owners plans--even sometimes the docile breeds. If you don't feel comfortable living with or disposing of a loud, territorial, and aggressive bird then don't get a rooster because they don't come with guarantees.
     
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