28 chickens, 4 roosters, 24 hens... 1 roo to 6 hens, good ratio???

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by CalebtheChicken, Jul 10, 2010.

  1. CalebtheChicken

    CalebtheChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 5, 2010
    Jeremiah, Ky.
    I've always herd 1 roo to 10 hens, but I hate to get rid of birds... is 1:6 a reasonable ratio??
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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  3. Boyd

    Boyd Recipient of The Biff Twang

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    what he said, plus a 10-1 ratio seems to keep the ladies with their feathers on longer.....
     
  4. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    I like at least 1 roo per 5 hens myself.
     
  5. usschicago1

    usschicago1 Suburban Cochins

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    Your Ratio Is Fine [​IMG]
     
  6. MrChicken207

    MrChicken207 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Unless your hens are getting plucked alive, I wouldn't worry about it, especially if you wanted alot of fertile eggs.
     
  7. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    The ratio is fine, but even with enough hens' roosters sometimes try to breed the same hen. This gang breeding can get pretty rough and there is the possibility of physical damage to the hens if the roosters are large. With two roosters in a flock, one is boss and the other is subordinate. With four roosters there may be continual jousting for control.
     
  8. CalebtheChicken

    CalebtheChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 5, 2010
    Jeremiah, Ky.
    Quote:At the moment there are 2 dominate roos, a Cochin and Delaware, and 2 lower rank roos, two mutts. The two dominates are the only ones that crow and try and breed (so far), the other two just forage and hide if the dominators come by.
     
  9. DragonEggs

    DragonEggs Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 11, 2010
    Borger, TX
    Sounds like my flock LOL.
     

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