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3 hens, 1 roo?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by BethsFlock, Jun 25, 2016.

  1. BethsFlock

    BethsFlock Just Hatched

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    I have 3 pullets and 1 roo. Is that going to be too few hens for him? I don't mind sending him to the dinner table, but he's fairly sweet thus far and very pretty.
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    In a word, yes. Hell probably make at least one barebacked.
     
  3. BethsFlock

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    Follow up question. At how old do the start making themselves a nuisance? Obviously I'll see signs, but he's about 9/10 weeks old now.
     
  4. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    Sometimes they're never a nuisance - depending on what that means.
    Some early maturing breeds start mating by 10 weeks, some not till well over 20 weeks.
     
  5. BethsFlock

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    I meant a nuisance as far as towards the hens. I'm not bothered by rooster behavior :) thanks for your input!
     
  6. BethsFlock

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    I'm reading about other small rooster to hen ratio situations and there are some accounts of the roosters killing the hens. Is that a likelihood? When should I seperate them? I'm hoping to keep him at least until he's big enough to eat.
     
  7. ChickenCanoe

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    It may be possible but I've never had that problem.
    That would likely be a small frail hen/pullet and a big rooster.
    I have had 4 or 5 roosters tag team a pullet when intervention is necessary.
     

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