1. When do roosters mate with hens? 2. Can I keep this amount of chickens if I lock the Roosters in their own barn at night and the Hens in their own? 3. I was reading during the day the roosters hardly eat because they're too busy protecting the hens so, when do they have time to mate? Especially when roosters mate with like 10 chickens? Update: Okay, I don't even eat meat, so don't be disrespectful and say I need to make soup out of them. I only have 2 baby roosters right now, but does it help if you clip their nails? I'm not worried about them fighting, I've done my research, I'm just worried about the hens getting over breed and beat up. I wanted to get a breed of one of each rooster for my hens to have pure breeds instead of mutts. If there is an issue with breeds, can someone provide me a list of breeds I should avoid? I have an americana right now which I read isn't the best breed but too late now, I also have a black australorp. Update again: I never bought straight run. I purposely bought 2 male roosters because I have the room for them for one coop. I don't have 10 roosters, I was just wondering if I could add more. I might be getting another coop to our land, so I could put up a cheapo fence to separate them, but how high should it be? I read that it's a good thing to keep roosters with hens because they protect them and what not, but if I keep 2 roosters with the hens and the rest in their own area, I don't want them to try getting through the fence and hurt eachother.