Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by thekid, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. thekid

    thekid Chillin' With My Peeps

    I know that they recommend to keep a 1:10 roo to hen ratio but could it possibly 1:15? Thankyou - Brian
  2. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Yup. It could be one rooster to 100 hens, if you like. Egg fertility won't be assured, but if you aren't trying to get more chicks, that's fine.
  3. thekid

    thekid Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Like I want to have fertile eggs but I dont want a lot of roosters what would you think the MAXIUM would have to be?
  4. Fritatta

    Fritatta Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 16, 2011
    Woodstock, GA
    depends on your roo. some roos will mate with their favorite hens (sometimes too much) and ignore others.
    youd have to have a super roo to fertilize more than 10 hens regularly. are you going for greatest number of fertilized eggs?
    if so, you need more roos.
  5. thekid

    thekid Chillin' With My Peeps

    Ok so I have 15 standard size hens (not really) and I just want eggs to be fertile. So I was wondering if maybe a maran roo could keep 15 standard size hens fertile. The hens would be mixed.
  6. thekid

    thekid Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have heard of one roo being able to keep up to 20 hens fertile so that is why i am asking this

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