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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by cherdy, Dec 10, 2015.

  1. cherdy

    cherdy New Egg

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    I have 20 hens, 6 roosters and 9 ducks and a variety of other animals. I am new to this thread and look forward to being a part of your discusions.
     
  2. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. You might want to consider re-homing some of your roosters. The recommended ratio of roosters to hens is 1 rooster for every 10 hens. As they mature and their hormones kick in, too many roosters will become very hard physically on your hens, over-breeding them, biting and plucking the feathers from their necks and backs, battering them, and potentially, seriously injuring them. The only reason you really need a rooster is to fertilize eggs for hatching and 1 rooster can easily handle 10-15 hens in that regard. In addition, hens that are less stressed by an over-abundance of roosters will lay better. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Cheers.
     
  3. FridayYet

    FridayYet Innocent Bystander

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    Welcome to BYC! Lots of forums to check out and the learning center has lots of great information.

    Glad you are here.
     
  4. CTKen

    CTKen Monkey business Premium Member

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    Hi and a warm welcome to BYC - I hope that you enjoy being part of our community.

    Ct
     
  5. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

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    x2 on Michael's comments re: roo to hen ratio. What breed of ducks to you have? If you haven't found it yet, there's a great forum for duck members on BYC:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/42/ducks

    Good luck with all your animals. It's nice to have you join us!
     
  6. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

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    [​IMG] I bet there is a lot of clucking and quacking at your house!
     
  7. cherdy

    cherdy New Egg

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    Haha, there sure is a lot of clucking and quacking especially when they hear my car pull up the drive. We have wonderful neighbours, thankfully !!!!
     
  8. cherdy

    cherdy New Egg

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  9. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Water Under the Bridge Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Michael speaks the truth -roosters can be extremely rough on hens especially when you have too many roosters / too few hens.
     

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