Best ratio?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by mandelyn, Sep 8, 2009.

  1. mandelyn

    mandelyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    For high fertility hatching eggs, in addition to a good roo himself, what's the best? 1:2, 1:3...?
     
  2. Southernbelle

    Southernbelle Gone Broody

    Mar 17, 2008
    Virginia
    For hatching, I like no more than 1:5, if the roo is good to the hens, but everyone has a different opinion...
     
  3. fordmommy

    fordmommy Dancing With My Chickens

    Jul 16, 2009
    Wisconsin
    I hear it's 1:10. I guess it's a matter of opinion. [​IMG]
     
  4. darkmatter

    darkmatter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.
     
  5. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

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    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).
     

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