Are two roosters OK for a flock of 20 hens?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Vinhos, Jan 22, 2010.

  1. Vinhos

    Vinhos New Egg

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    I recently inherited a small flock of older (3-4 yr-old) Araucana and RIR hens along with their faithful rooster....eight laying hens and the cockerel. I have plenty of space and am thinking of expanding the flock with an additional 12 birds that I plan to order this spring. In my chicken fever I've been doing a little online research and quickly came to this fantastic forum. Although I'm ordering sexed females, I know from previous experience to anticipate at least one male in the bunch. Was wondering if anyone had experience with more than one rooster in a flock this size and whether or not it is a good idea. All of the birds will live in the same coop.

    On a similar note, are 20 hens too many for a single rooster to keep fertilized?

    Thanks for the advice.
     
  2. bubblebean11

    bubblebean11 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think 1 roo for 8-10 hens is about right. Good luck, so much fun!!!
     
  3. Teach97

    Teach97 Bantam Addict

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    1 roo to 20 hens is pushing it for fertility...you could probably get away with 4 or so roos
     
  4. Quadog

    Quadog Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. 95yj

    95yj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    are you concerned about fertility or fighting, if its fighting your worried about don't, i'v got 4 roosters and 3 hens in my current pen with few problems. as for fertility, i clearly wouldn't know...
     
  6. kota1369

    kota1369 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Two roosters are ok for a flock of 20 hens. No problem.

    the lady with the 4 dogs and city chickens
     
  7. Brianm97

    Brianm97 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    from what ive read i believe that 1 roos hens will b with him and roo2 will take his hens so there wont be fighting because they both have their own girls
    *DISCLAIMER* i dont own any roos this is just what ive heard plz dont hold me responsibe [​IMG]
     
  8. rhoda_bruce

    rhoda_bruce Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have something in common. My primary breed is RIR. I have 2 roosters for my 40something hens. I also have 3 americana hens and a few araucanas. Now when you say you have araucanas, you mean you have tufted, rumpless araucanas? Because if so, I would diffinetely segregate them. They are hard to come by.
     
  9. mmtillman

    mmtillman Chillin' With My Peeps

    [​IMG] from MO !! [​IMG]
     
  10. quiltnchik

    quiltnchik Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 3 roos and 11 hens and everyone gets along fine. They all seem to have established a pecking order and the hens are not being over-bred and/or mistreated by the boys. The boys also don't squabble much; the head rooster keeps his place and the other two know to give him a wide birth. You'll be fine [​IMG]
     

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