Hello new here just got my flock

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by DROCK91, Jan 11, 2017.

  1. DROCK91

    DROCK91 New Egg

    Jan 11, 2017
    Fort Mitchell AL
    My flock has just as many hens as roosters any possible issues raising them up together? thoughts and concerns are [​IMG]welcome. [​IMG]
  2. DancingWthDucks

    DancingWthDucks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 21, 2016
    Cumbria, UK
    Welcome to BYC :frow

    Ideally you should have a minimum ratio of 1 cockerel : 6 hens, so I'd reccomend either eating or rehoming most of your cockerels.

    Too many cockerels will result in the poor hens becoming over-mated, and will cause them servere stress (which can result in them stopping laying and possibly dying of the stress)....

    Also housing that many cockerels together will make them fight a lot, and they can cause a lot of damage to each other with their sharp spurs.
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  3. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    The rooster to hen ratio I've always heard is 1 to 8-10 hens. I'd start thinning them out until you find a balance that works for you and your girls.

    Best of luck!
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  4. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under DROCK91 [​IMG] Welcome!

    As you have already received some good advice regarding your rooster to hen ratio, I will just add that I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun. Unlike non chicken loving friends, family and colleagues, BYC’ers never tire of stories or pictures that feature our feathered and non feathered friends
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  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I have heard one rooster can handle 10 hens. But, even with the best division of sexes, generally the docile hens are going to get overbred repeatedly while the ones that run and hide, do much better. Roosters are never going to lay eggs, so extras are not worth the money. Hens will continue to lay just as many eggs without ANY roosters though they will be infertile eggs (won't hatch)
  6. orrpeople

    orrpeople Learning... by making mistakes. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2016
    State of Jefferson
    Rooster temperament is a big factor here. Yes, do reduce your cockerel load, but think carefully about which one(s) to keep. Ideally he will respect you (defer to you when you walk toward him), be fair with the hens (sometimes they choose a favorite, but it's best to have one that loves all his ladies equally), and have a vigilant eye for predators. If you decide you can't part with several boys, make sure they live in a bachelor pad where the competition for hens is nonexistent - this will lessen the fighting - although you may have some who will beg to go to freezer camp by their behavior no matter what you do! I don't envy you your choice. I ways find my little cockerels to be so darn cute, outgoing and fun - oh that they could just stay that way! [​IMG][​IMG]
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  7. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, DROCK91, and [​IMG]! It's great to have you with us! Yeah, sounds like your rooster ratio is a little out of whack. If you don't make them a bachelor pad or rehome them, they make a delicious chicken and dumplings! Best wishes!
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