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Four hens--one roo?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by beakkeeper, Dec 4, 2008.

  1. beakkeeper

    beakkeeper Songster

    Jul 20, 2008
    Hi all

    I know the MINIMUM for roosters/hen is about 1/8-15, but I know someone who has a BO, Partridge Rock, BA, and BR and ONE Chantecler roo. Her chickens seem happy enough...no feathers missing, no overactive hyper roo, and they have a very small coop. How is this possible? Could I have one roo and eight hens?
  2. ncCHICKS

    ncCHICKS Songster

    Oct 5, 2008
    Hope Mills, NC
    Yes. I have a roo and three hens. Just don't have two roos. Some roos are more "aggressive" than others
  3. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm 10 Years

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    I don't personally have any roo's but my neighbor and some friends do. I agree that some are more agressive than others. Also some are more noisey too.

    NYREDS Crowing

    Jan 14, 2008
    I'm not sure where you got your MINIMUM #s from but as far as I know there's a maximum certainly but no MINIMUM. I mate in pens that vary from 1M/1F to 1M/10F.
  5. Momma_Cluck

    Momma_Cluck Songster

    Jun 11, 2008
    N. West Michigan
    we have 5 banty Gals and 6 banty males, plus 4 Barred Rock Gals with 1 Barred Rock Roo and 4 PArtridge Rock Gals and 1 Partridge Rock Roo-- they all live together in one barn with an attached run... no missing feathers or injuries-- except one OE Roo (Rip) Who seemed to think he needed to show everyone HE was"BIG boss" about 6 weeks ago-- and lost some of his Waddles in the Fray!

    Some Breeds, Roos or Hens, just do NOT mix well-- We are finding this out-- and WISH Ideal would have told us that California Whites/Production Whites have tendancies toward cannibalism, especially around more docile breeds!!!

    It would have saved 9 of my Australorps, Wyandottes and Aracaunas from some serious injuries!!
    Didn't find this out until both the local Vet and the 4-H leader heard about the trouble we were having!

    (IMO-- breeders should know and inform patrons of these type of issues!)

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