- Jun 8, 2011
I have two roosters to 20 hens, should be a good ratio. One Roo is a huge 10 plus pound Orpington, the other is an average size Welsummer. They're both fairly decent to people, one has needed a couple reminders to be respectful, but he came around. I'm really starting to feel sorry for my hens. The submissive ones are completely bald on their backs, it seems like they're mated multiple times a day by both Roos, I've had to treat several hens for deep cuts. I've already clipped spurs on both roos. . The others spend their days running away from the roos, I have some with torn, bloody combs from the tug of war that goes on when they say NO and Roo says yes. I have a blind hen who they seem to be particularly fond of and they're quite brutal while performing their business. I really wanted Roos, but I'm wondering now why people bother with them. Is there such a thing as a non-violent Roo? Are my expectations too high? For now I'm going to toss them out of the enclosure during the daytime hours so at least the hens get a reprieve for a bit.