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breeding chickens HELP!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by nick10atl, Mar 25, 2009.

  1. nick10atl

    nick10atl Out Of The Brooder

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    I am new to this and was wondering ... do i need to make a breeding pen in order to breed my chickens ??
     
  2. Mojo Chick'n

    Mojo Chick'n Empress of Chickenville

    Quote:Only if you want a certain hen mated with a certain roo - and don't want to wade through the other eggs to make sure ya got the right egg [​IMG]

    I just put one roo to at least 10 hens in a coop/run/freerange, and let em rip [​IMG]
     
  3. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    If a rooster wants to breed a hen it doesn't care if it's in a pen, a box, in a tree LOL, it WILL happen. If you are trying to keep breeds seperate, you willl need a coop/pen/enclosure to keep them seperate. If not, just turn them out in the yard, and DON"T worry, they will breed.
     
  4. nick10atl

    nick10atl Out Of The Brooder

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    okay yeah thats what i was going to do to start with but then i read something on here that said i need breeding pens so was confused but okay .. and how many hens per rooster should i have?
     
  5. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    It somewhat depends on the breed and the age of the rooster. A full-sized rooster one or two years old can probably handle 12 to maybe 15 hens. As they get older, they can handle a few less. A banty can handle a few more. And it depends on the personality of the rooster. Some people go with a ratio of 10 hens per rooster. So somewhere in this range. It is not an exact science.
     
  6. nick10atl

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    okay thanks alot!!!
     

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