9 hens + 2 roosters = trouble?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by KrisAnne, Sep 9, 2012.

  1. KrisAnne

    KrisAnne New Egg

    Sep 8, 2012
    I know the rule of thumb is one rooster per 10 hens, but the 2 roosters I have are a bantam and an orp. The orp is large and seems to dominate, but so far, hasn't caused much trouble for the other roo. But it still worries me. Is this combo going to work, or do I need to get rid of one? (If I do, it's going to be the buff orp. Anyone want a FREE large buff roo?) [​IMG]
  2. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j True BYC Addict

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    You're the only one who knows if this will work. Keep an eye on your birds and if the hens are getting bald or stressed from being over mated, get rid of one. My mom currently has an older bantam cochin rooster, and a young rooster of mixed breed with 7 hens. So far, no problems. Every flock dynamic is different. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
  4. milo1108

    milo1108 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oh that makes me feel a little better about my 2 roosters and 5 hens. I'm hoping that they get along but I know I will probably have to rehome one or let it go to freezer camp....though I may end up doing more chicken math and get a few more.
  5. abChicken

    abChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 10, 2008
    Gaston County N.C.
    O yes chicken math a wonderful thing

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