Can one rooster keep 25ish hens eggs fertile?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by tororider, Apr 30, 2008.

  1. tororider

    tororider Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is the flock that I will be getting my eggs from and when I make eggs in the morning they have all looked fertile to my untrained eye. I just posted a couple and the consensus was at least one of the two was fertile, but is one rooster enough for that many hens? Or will they have a low fertility rate?
     
  2. Dilly

    Dilly Cooped Up

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    I was told one roo to every ten hens. I think you would be in trouble trying to keep that many girls feritle and happy. [​IMG]
     
  3. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    I've always just kept 1 rooster to 10 to 12 hens in my breeding pens....I have acouple hens that won't let the rooster touch them, so I'm sure with that many hens to a roo some are not letting him mate with them...I think that lessens your fertility rate...
     
  4. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    25 is ambitious for any male. [​IMG]

    You could do well splitting them and having 2 flocks with 2 roos and split the hens, even 3 roos with 8 or so girls each. If you have the space to house them and can keep several small flocks as opposed to one big flock.

    You could even pick the best you think would breed well and just save the other ladies for layers.
     
  5. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    1 rooster to 10 hens. 1 rooster to 25 hens is way to much. Most eggs probably wont be fertile.
     
  6. jnjross

    jnjross Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i just read something about this, it said over 10 the roo may only breed with the "top" hens
     
  7. tororider

    tororider Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hrmm,
    It isn't my flock, its the guy I buy my eating eggs from. I may just have to incubate in bulk and hope for the best. If the first one or two batches don't go well I will have to order eggs. I just figured this would be an easy way to start since I have easy access.
     
  8. Homegroanacres

    Homegroanacres Chillin w/the Ice in my Glass

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    Quote:HEY Now! That might be a ambitous for your part of the
    country. But out here in the "pie a near country" that just
    about the norm. [​IMG]


    John
     
  9. ascott1978

    ascott1978 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That not to say they won't be fertile.

    I've had 100% hatch outs with my current 1/16 ratio. Now 100% isn't always going to happen, be goes to show that it really just up the the "performers in the play" [​IMG]
     
  10. Eggseronious

    Eggseronious Chillin' With My Peeps

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    10 to 1 is about as high as U want go. But for better fertility 5 to 1 will be better.
     

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