Can you just have 3 hens with one rooster?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by ging3rhoffman, Apr 22, 2009.

  1. ging3rhoffman

    ging3rhoffman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 23, 2009
    Can you have just 3 hens with one rooster?
  2. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    Sure can. But just watch he may over "mate" them. But thats not a sure thing.
  3. the_great_snag

    the_great_snag Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2007
    Staples, Minnesota
    It's common practice for breeders and the bird show folks to run their birds in trios or quads, which is 1 rooster and 2 or 3 hens.

    This is intended (I believe) to ensure good fertility rates.

    I think "overuse" of the hens can occur no matter what your ratio of roosters to hens. It usually seems to happen to one unfortunate hen out of the group rather than all the hens.

    Protective saddles are available for protecting any "popular" hens you may have.

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