3 Hens one Rooster

Lamaremybabies

Crowing
Nov 2, 2015
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You'll end up with either over breeding or saddle back, I had four hens and one rooster and the poor girls were balding on their backs from the rooster because they were mounted too frequently.

It's worth a try but you may need to add more hens or re home the roo
 

feedman77

Crowing
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Depends on the roo.

I have an older too that is content with 3 or 4 hens and doesn't over mate them. He's a true gentleman.

I had a young roo. In the crockpot now. That would chase down hens constantly. I don't think 20 hens would have been enough for him.

I have in my breeding pens now 2 different sets of 1 roo to 3 hens. I get fertile eggs and hens still have all their back feathers
 

Lamaremybabies

Crowing
Nov 2, 2015
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New England
Depends on the roo.

I have an older too that is content with 3 or 4 hens and doesn't over mate them. He's a true gentleman.

I had a young roo. In the crockpot now. That would chase down hens constantly. I don't think 20 hens would have been enough for him.

I have in my breeding pens now 2 different sets of 1 roo to 3 hens. I get fertile eggs and hens still have all their back feathers

I wish to meet a rooster like that one day, I myself and my friends have rooster(s) and they seem to care about nothing but mounting the hens, it could just be the age though.
 
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IZZYBELLA

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Jan 11, 2013
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As others have said, it will depend on the rooster. I had seven hens to one rooster and the hens all ended up losing their back feathers. Having seen the impact the rooster had on the hens, I will not keep one again, even though he was sweet to me and pretty.
 

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