Hen to rooster ratio...

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Lavonne, Oct 19, 2009.

  1. Lavonne

    Lavonne Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 8, 2009
    Is there a good hen to rooster ratio or does it depend on how aggressive the roosters are?
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    A formula often seen here is one roo to ten hens. Certainly how rough the roo is on the hens when mating would be a factor. Also, it is not unusual for breeders to keep a breeding pair or a trio with two hens and one roo. Like so many things chicken, a lot depends on the individual chickens.
    Last edited by a moderator: Oct 19, 2009
  3. bufforp89

    bufforp89 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2009
    Chenango Forks NY
    I have one rooster with 11 hens and all my eggs are always fetrile. I have had as many as 5 roosters with 20 hens though with no fighting or anything.

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