adding hens and rooster

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by staycool, Jun 21, 2009.

  1. staycool

    staycool Hatching

    Jun 21, 2009
    I have one rooster, 4 hens, 2 of which are sitting.... I am wanting to add 3 more hens and a rooster. Can I do this? Will 2 roosters be too many for 7 hens? What will the roosters do ... will they kill each other, the hens... or what???

  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    The answer to your questions is maybe. You are dealing with living animals so it is hard to say what wll happen for sure. I think this link can get you to a lot of answers and give you additional things to consider about integrating chickens.

    As far as how many roosters, the "ideal" ratio is about 10 or 12 hens for each rooster. But many people are successful with the ratios you are considering. You can try it, but I'd have a back-up plan if it did not work, either from them fighting or from the hen to rooster ratio.
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Probably too many roos!

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