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Hens vs. Roos

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by MPro, Oct 1, 2015.

  1. MPro

    MPro New Egg

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    I have 25 hens and 6 Roosters. (All but one Roo are young - approx. 3 months old). Question is: how many Roosters can I have with this amount of Hens? There have been no issues yet, and if all goes well I have room for more Hens as well if I need to up my numbers in order to have all the roosters remain happy!
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

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    Recommended is minimum 8-10 hens per rooster, so 2-3, they won't start causing trouble until 4-6 months old, then they will start bothering the pullets, I usually will separate the troublemakers out, penning them where they still can be seen, sometimes rotating who's out and about.
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Depends......
    on how much space you have in coop and run/free range.
    on the disposition of individual birds.
    on what your goals are, why feed extra males if you don't need them for breeding?

    I eat my extra cockerels from hatching for replacement layers.
     

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