Colorado

Discussion in 'Where am I? Where are you!' started by tsgreer, Jul 3, 2008.

  1. marlo1968

    marlo1968 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just got two Blue Copper Marens Roos today...beautiful boys, can't wait to take pics tomorrow!!! Hoping that I can get some OE's from these guys with my EE hens. So exicted [​IMG]
     
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  2. pichuris

    pichuris Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can imagine how pretty they are.
     
  3. Pozees

    Pozees Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wendell, it looks like you have done a LOT of work! What are the dimensions of your breeding pens and coops again? I think you said once but the pens look big! What ratio of roos to hens do you plan?
     
  4. wsmith

    wsmith Chillin' With My Peeps

    Pens 1,2,4,5,&6 are all about 8'X24'. Pen 3 is about 10' X 24'. The coops in pens 1 & 2 are 4' X 6', the others are all 3' X 4'. I still have to build the nest boxes to the small coops. In the photo from the roof top you can't see pens 1 & 2 because the hen house is in the way.

    I plan on doing 1 rooster to 5-6 hens in the spring., using pen #3. for the breeding pen. Pens 4-6 primarily for brooding, and pens 1-2 for grow-out. As with all things, that plan is subject to change and need.
     
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  5. Pozees

    Pozees Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I will be very interested in your progress - do you know whether optimal roo to hen ratio varies by breed? I have seen so many different numbers, and in general my impression is that for each rooster there is a fine line between not enough, enough, and too many hens, but wondered whether specific breeds are known to have ideal ratios.
     
  6. wsmith

    wsmith Chillin' With My Peeps

    My understanding is that it really depends on the individual rooster. How fertile he is, how good he at his "job" and how many hens he can keep fertilized. I want to assure good fertility rates. I will hatch out one batch in March before I sell any hatching eggs so I know what he is capable of. We can then adjust the rooster:hen ratio as needed. Among many of the Dominique breeders, that is usually no more than 1 rooster to 5 hens.
     
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  7. Minchi

    Minchi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is there any way to get a loud hen to be more quiet?
     
  8. marlo1968

    marlo1968 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    highly unlikely...neighbors complaining?
     
  9. wsmith

    wsmith Chillin' With My Peeps

    Only one way that I know of.......with dumplings...
     
  10. marlo1968

    marlo1968 Chillin' With My Peeps

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