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How Many Bantam Hens Do I Need For A Bantam Rooster?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Lady Watcher, Dec 18, 2016.

  1. Lady Watcher

    Lady Watcher Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 18, 2016
    I was just wondering how many Bantam hens I should get for my bantam rooster. Anyone know?
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    At least 10 would be good but if they are a heavy breed like cochin or brahma you may get by with fewer.
  3. Lady Watcher

    Lady Watcher Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 18, 2016
    Thanks, I appreciate your help!
  4. dekel18042

    dekel18042 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2013
    It depends. When I had chickens as a child, we always had a lot more bantam roosters in with their hens than large fowl roosters. Bantams seemed to travel in very small groups with one to three hens per rooster.
    More recently I've had 6 hens per rooster and unfortunately now I'm down to 3 to one thanks to a hawk, but it doesn't seem to bother anyone. Sometimes the rooster will add one of the smaller large fowl chickens to his group for a bit. Hopefulkly I can hatch some more bantams come spring.

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