Hens vs. Roos

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

  1. MPro

    MPro New Egg

    Jul 26, 2015
    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 I Wanna Be A Cowboy Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    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! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    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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