are 3 roosters too many?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jimz1, Jul 25, 2011.

  1. jimz1

    jimz1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've got 3 roosters in with our 12 hens. We used to have 4 but we lost 1 due to the heat last week. Is it a bad thing to have that many roos? They seem to get along with each other. Will that last or will they turn on each other. I've got 1 Light Brahama and 2 Ameracaunas.
     
  2. JodyJo

    JodyJo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would say yes...I have 3 roos and 16 pullets, I will be getting rid of one this week...too many can lead to over breeding and abuse of the girls.
    A rule of thumb I keep hearing is 1 roo to 10 girls, OR if they are gentle natured...2 to say 15 girls.
     
  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    If they are injuring or abusing the hens, then 3 roosters are too many. The stress caused by over breeding chasing and fighting can dramatically lower egg production.
     
  4. Lady Chickadee

    Lady Chickadee Rocky Top Silkies

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    Three roosters are to many. They will end up over breeding the hens.I used to have three roosters with six hens but then wants they started trying to breed I got rid of all of them and got more chicks lol. Good luck!
     
  5. cmom

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    I agree with the other posts. I had too many roos too. They were fine until the testosterone started flowing, then they started fighting, so I separated them and gave them each a dozen girls. Now I have 3 boys in with 24 girls but they aren't old enough to breed yet but when they are I will put 8 girls with each boy. I have another boy in with 9 girls and I just sold several roos including my 2 older breeders as I decided I wasn't going to use them as breeders any more and I want a new gene pool. I also have some chicks that are about 50/50 cockerel and pullets. I will keep one of the males but the rest will have to go. I do have my birds separated into age groups too. Good luck!!! [​IMG]
     
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