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Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by mandelyn, Sep 8, 2009.
For high fertility hatching eggs, in addition to a good roo himself, what's the best? 1:2, 1:3...?
For hatching, I like no more than 1:5, if the roo is good to the hens, but everyone has a different opinion...
I hear it's 1:10. I guess it's a matter of opinion.
Quote:1:10 is my ratio, works for me. I usually have better then 70% hatch rate with maybe 2-3 out of 40 eggs that don't develop. More then one rooster seems to stimulate the others to perform their studly duties.
Depends on the roo. Some can be kept in pairs or trios without problems. It's frequently done with seramas. Some will tear up the hens if you have less than 10. The average seems to be something like 1 roo for 8hens then adjust according to your flock. Check the eggs for fertility and watch the hens for bald backs or if they are acting overly stressed by the roo(s).