Hatching : Hen to rooster ratio

Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by Laurel09, Oct 26, 2019.

  1. Laurel09

    Laurel09 Chirping

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    Hell everyone

    i have read on many articles on the hen to rooster ratio you get after hatching and everyone seems to say its almost 50/50 and likely to be more males than females.

    But........ITS JUST NOT THE SAME HERE

    I live in Zimbabwe and here it seems like hatching a rooster is the hardest thing. Not only to me but to almost all chicken keepers i know, the probability of getting a rooster out a hatch of 10 chicks is close to zero. Roosters here are very expensive and if you need 1 you will probably need an insane amount of money as compared to that you will get a hen for. The cash you pay to get a young rooster is enough to buy you about 4 full grown hens here.

    I don't know why its like that but that's how it is here. And i myself wish to hatch a rooster someday because i have never hatched one before out of 7 successful. hatches i have had .

    Could anyone please try to explain why its like this, because people here often have loan a rooster from someone for a certain amount of time so that you can have fertilized eggs. Its just so hard to have a rooster and even if you have the money to buy one most likely no one will ever accept to sell you a rooster. Even if you try to trade a rooster for 5 hens they are likely to turn that offer down.

    Note: Most backyard chicken keepers here almost never use incubators, i have a small 16 egg incubator but i also never use it.We let the mamas do their jobs and again here its almost 100% certain that when a hen lays it will go brood if you don't remove the eggs.And there is very little use of commercial feed here unless they dedicated meat only or egg only birds.

    Could feeding organic feed and using broody hens to hatch chicks be the problem? Is it why its always certain than all you chicks will be hens.

    If there are eggs-perts here or anyone with any theory please share
     
  2. FortCluck

    FortCluck Free Ranging

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    This is so interesting. In the US, roosters are usually free because no one wants them. I can't wait to hear what others have to say. I hope you get a rooster :fl
     
  3. Laurel09

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    I always thought it was the norm to get hens and roosters to be rare until i joined BYC.

    I searched on the internet on how to get a rooster from your hatch and i was actually surprised to find out that no one likes roosters and everyone was looking for a way to get more hens not rooster.
     
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  4. Perris

    Perris Still learning

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  5. Ted_Harrell

    Ted_Harrell Crowing

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    I am like fort cluck on this one, when we hatch we usually get more roosters than we can handle. I don't know what the difference is between here and there. Good luck on finding your answer. Maybe someone else knows why...
     
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  6. Ted_Harrell

    Ted_Harrell Crowing

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    Oh, almost forgot, welcome to BYC...
     
  7. Shadrach

    Shadrach Roosterist

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    Great link Perris and interesting research.:)
     
  8. Perris

    Perris Still learning

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    you're welcome! :)
     
  9. FortCluck

    FortCluck Free Ranging

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    It would be nice to knowxwhy so I can't hatch all pullets :gig
     

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