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Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by stacyh40, Feb 28, 2017.
How many hens to a roo to keep them from fighting
Fighting between cock birds is not solely a function of the number of females. The generally recommended ratio is 1:10, but a cock bird can cover more females than that.
Is there a reason for keeping multiple cock birds? I'm assuming it can't be for breeding specific lines / breeds, since your question infers that they are together, as a flock.
I would say 4-5 hens per roo. But every roo is different some are okay with only 2 or 3 hens, but some might want 10-12 hens.
Quote:Not breeding specific lines, just hatched several eggs and not sure I can kill or get rid of my babies. Ive become attached.
Yeah have warn my husband and our friend they are going have to do the deed for me.
Space isn't a problem there are 3 coops on the property plus a barn. I know I'll have to eliminate some but wasn't sure if there was a ratio that worked best. So I will have to watch n see how to aeperate and eliminate. I just won't be doing the buttering myself the guys will have to do that for me.
While that does sound like a great setup, you won't truly know that space isn't a problem until these males mature and you know how much territory they each think they need to lay claim too. Some males are unwilling to allow other males anywhere in their perceived territory(which they may see as the entire property) while others are more than willing to share space, and even hens, with other males.
I guess if a few roosters need more then 40,000 acres i'm in deep trouble lol thanks for the help