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Do I have the room?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by JFoos, May 28, 2016.

  1. JFoos

    JFoos Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a smaller coop but a decent sized run, and I've been wanting a bantam rooster. My coop has just a little more room then recommend per bird and the run has plenty. Would I be OK adding one of these guys to my flock?
     
  2. ChickenLover200

    ChickenLover200 Overrun With Chickens

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    I'll be in the barn!
    How many hens do you have? The best is to have 8 or more hens per rooster :)
     
  3. JFoos

    JFoos Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 6 :/ and I'm also impulsive so I bought him. I hope this works out ok...
     
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  4. ChickenLover200

    ChickenLover200 Overrun With Chickens

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    I'll be in the barn!
    6 should work ok.. especially since you have extra space
     
  5. limited25

    limited25 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Congratulations on your new rooster. Hope all goes well.
     
  6. JFoos

    JFoos Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you.
     
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Well..... maybe. Integrating a single bird can be problematic, especially if you are short on space in the coop.
    How old is the cock/erel? How old are the females?
    Sometimes a mature and even tempered cockbird will move nicely into a flock with very little fuss.
    A young cockerel(under a year old) could be a nightmare.


    The 'rooster' to hen ratio of 1:10 that is often cited is primarily for fertility efficiency in commercial breeding facilities.
    It doesn't mean that if a cockbird has 10 hens that he won't abuse or over mate them.
    Many breeders keep pairs, trios, quads, etc
    It all depends on the temperaments of the cock and hens and sometimes housing provided.
     
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