Here's the problem!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by countrygirl4513, May 28, 2007.

  1. countrygirl4513

    countrygirl4513 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know I have too many roos... 12 roos to 13 pullets. But I hate the idea of culling and I want to keep at least 1 roo of each breed. Is this advisable? I aim to get more hens but not sure what to do. I know it should be 3 hens to a 1 roo ratio... but I love them all. They are 11 wks old now. The culling should have already been done at this point, I know. But I realize I'm gonna end up with a bunch of mutt chickens on down the road. This is the biggest problem with straight runs. Never knowing how many roos there will be. And I guess I need to wait to see who will dominate, which that is already starting to happen, of course. But any help would be appreciated.[​IMG]
     
  2. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Ohhh, man....I know how you feel. I had to let 3 of my roos go...and I know 2 of them went to the freezer. UGH! It was hard. They all had names...but, the decision was tough on which to keep. I have 11 hens, and 2 roos in one pen. These are my RIR mix mutts. They get to free roam most of the time...so there is little to no fighting. Is there a way you can make a pen, just for Roos? Like a bachelor pad? I know a man that has a pen, and has like 15 roos in there. Most of the time there is no fighting...because there are no hens. I dont know any other way to keep so many Roos.Good luck on your decision..its tough!
     
  3. birdlady58

    birdlady58 Out Of The Brooder

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    Can you seperate them with a small run of their own? This way, you get to keep them all.
     
  4. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    I was gonna suggest a bachelor pen also...
     
  5. pipermark

    pipermark Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 26, 2007
    Arkansas
    The Separate pen may work depending on the temperment of the roos. The probelm is if they cant get to the hens they may start fighting amoungst themselves. A group of free roos allowed to free range tend to do better , then a group penned.

    I think the best solution might be more hens [​IMG], get the roo to hen ration right, 5 to 1 is good.
     

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