How many birds in a flock?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Princess Guinea, Dec 27, 2013.

  1. Princess Guinea

    Princess Guinea Chirping

    Feb 8, 2012
    I have a wonderful Buff Orpington rooster and just bought him 2 hens - but now Im wondering if I should get more hens. one hen seems to be left out and the other is a favorite. Any suggestions on a perfect number of hens per rooster - this is a pet flock.[​IMG]

  2. Odem0409

    Odem0409 In the Brooder

    May 13, 2012
    New Braunfels, Texas
    10-15 hens per rooster. If you get less the rooster will "mate" with the two too much and will cause the feathers on their back to become bare.
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    How large is your coop/run? That's going to be the critical limitation as to how many birds.

    There's no one answer. Some do fine with one hen and one rooster, some roosters have favorite hens and overmate a specific hen even when they have a dozen others to choose from. No perfect answer.

    If the hens are still pretty new, I'd just leave things as they are for a while and see how everyone settles in. Remember, every time you bring in new birds you A) upset the pecking order and stress the flock B) expose your current birds to whatever illness or parasites the new birds might be carrying.
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  4. Princess Guinea

    Princess Guinea Chirping

    Feb 8, 2012
    Thank you

  5. Mahlzeit

    Mahlzeit Songster

    Jul 16, 2007
    Long Island NY
    I would say ideally 5-10 hens for him.
  6. He is beautiful! I've been wondering what kind of rooster to get next year.
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