Brown Leghorns

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by The Chickinn, Jan 17, 2009.

  1. The Chickinn

    The Chickinn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am wanting to start breeding Brown Leghorns and have the chickens but I have a couple questions.
    1. how many roosters do I need for 7-8 hens?
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    2. how many chickens should I keep to have 10-20 eggs a week?
     
  2. moduckman

    moduckman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    First, there are dark brown leghorns and light brown leghorns (nicest looking, in my opinion). I'd get a couple of roosters (in case one dies). Many leghorns lay 200-220 eggs a year. anywhere between one dozen to two dozen hens will get you close to the number you want. When the hens' legs, comb and beak turn a pale white, they are nearing the end to their laying cycle. Get some younger hens, or hatch some yourself if you still have the roosters, to keep the flock fresh.
     
  3. the1much

    the1much Currently Birdless Hippy

    if your doing this for breeding,, you will want 1 roo in with the girls,, but you will want 2 roo's,,like said,, in case 1 gets sick, or dies,, but also, you'll want to switch them out every few months,, a roo will pick a favorite hen, and after a while, that hen will get most of his attention, leaving alot of infertile eggs.
     
  4. The Chickinn

    The Chickinn Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. The Chickinn

    The Chickinn Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. The Chickinn

    The Chickinn Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. NYREDS

    NYREDS Overrun With Chickens

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    Always keep 2 males. If you do they'll both be fine. If you keep only 1 he'll die. Always happens.
     
  8. sandypaws

    sandypaws Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i would keep 4 hens and one rooster in 2 seperate cages.. if it is a "breeding program" you want a be able to see which rooster makes prettier babies and such,, ect...
     
  9. The Chickinn

    The Chickinn Chillin' With My Peeps

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  10. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Er, 10-20 eggs a week, during a hen's peak laying year(s), doesn't require many chickens. I mean, 21 eggs a week is just 3 eggs per day, which would be *almost* provided by 3 birds and safely by 4.

    10-20 eggs a *day* would require a dozen or two hens, certainly [​IMG]

    Pat
     

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