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hen to roo ratio

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by lilshadow, Jan 17, 2008.

  1. lilshadow

    lilshadow Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 8, 2008
    Milaca, MN
    I want to order some chicks from a hatchery, I could go with a straight run, but I just called and it is possible to get all roo's, I don't want that. So my question is what is the hen to roo ratio, because if needed I will order certain chickens that equal out the number I need for an order.
  2. Chickemee

    Chickemee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 30, 2007
    I belive its 8 hens per roo.
  3. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    Yep...1 rooster to 8 to 10 hens...
  4. Smitty's Farm

    Smitty's Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 24, 2007
    St Clair County, Il
    You might get a surprise roo w/ a pullet order. The sexing is only about 98%. I ordered 16 pullets and ended up w/ 15 pullets & a surprise SLW roo. [​IMG]

    I don't know why, but I thought the hen to roo ratio was more hen....like 14 to 1????? [​IMG]

    I just might think that b/c my poor pullets are chased all day long.[​IMG]
  5. Chick_in_Indiana

    Chick_in_Indiana Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 14, 2007
    NE Indiana
    i've read 8 to 1 but I have also read that some roosters will be faithful to just 1 hen. i think it also depends on the breed of rooster.

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