Advice on small flock

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Hermione13, Mar 21, 2015.

  1. Hermione13

    Hermione13 New Egg

    2
    0
    7
    Mar 21, 2015
    I will be getting my chickens soon, only three, I was wanting to add a small rooster or full size I have not decided on breed, do you think it would be too much for my girls as they mature. I love roosters, always have. It has taken me 20 years to finally get chickens so I am super excited, and really want a roo! Their coop is 6x8x8tall with a 16x8 covered run as well as they will free range at times, under supervision. I do not want a large flock, as these will mostly be my babies. Thank you for your input! My hens are Orpingtons and a maran.
     
  2. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    28,339
    4,262
    516
    Apr 23, 2014
    At our lodge
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    I'm a bit concerned about the fact that you will have one rooster for only two hens. It's recommended to have at least 8 hens for one rooster. But then I also know many chicken owners who keep a few hens with one rooster. So I think you'll be good. Definitely look into a docile rooster though. Orpingtons, australorps, sussex and faverolles are breeds I would recommend.

    Good luck to you! I love small flocks as well!
     
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    82,245
    9,878
    796
    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    [​IMG]
     
  4. Hermione13

    Hermione13 New Egg

    2
    0
    7
    Mar 21, 2015
    I have three hens, so four total...sorry for the confusion :) thanks!
     
  5. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Stuck back in the 40s Premium Member

    11,352
    2,402
    396
    Mar 3, 2015
    Virginia
    Hello [​IMG]and Welcome to BYC![​IMG]
    Glad to have you join! Feel free to make yourself at home!
     
  6. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

    20,569
    1,157
    391
    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined our community.

    You may want to get more hens if you're going to have a rooster. Roosters can be hard on the hens, causing feather loss and stress. Some roosters do fine with only a couple of hens, however, so you can certainly try getting one. Just be prepared that you may have to either get more hens, or get rid of the rooster in the future if problems occur.
     
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    84,499
    3,794
    646
    Jun 15, 2012
    Washington
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined! :)
     
  8. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    36,684
    4,699
    566
    Feb 18, 2011
    Ohio
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by