Better to Buy Cicks or a Rooster???

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by nh10ring, Apr 25, 2008.

  1. nh10ring

    nh10ring Out Of The Brooder

    May 23, 2007
    Warren, NH
    I have seven barred rock hens, now 4-years-old. Their egg production has dropped off over the past year and I get one or two eggs a day. I would like to get some younger hens for more eggs. This leaves me with the decision of whether or not I should get a rooster or just order in some chicks. If I do get a rooster, are 4-year-old hens too old to breed? Any suggestions from experienced chicken owners would be appreciated. Thank you.
  2. Break an Egg

    Break an Egg Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2008
    San Antonio
    I don't think they are too old to breed. Fertility rate may be a bit lower, but if they aren't the broody type you could incubate. I would always like to have one roo around to keep the hens happy. They are also protective of their hens, which can be a good thing.

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