How many Hens can a Cockerel Manage?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Homie Ducks, Sep 29, 2014.

  1. Homie Ducks

    Homie Ducks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi I have a Cockerel He's going to mature soon . I don't have any hens now But I am planning to bring some, So how many hens should I keep with one Cockerel
    4 or 5 ?
    Can any one guide me .
     
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  2. dheltzel

    dheltzel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    More than that. If you want all the eggs to be fertile, 8 is generally the max recommended. If you don't care about them being fertile, than 20, 30, I don't think there is an upper limit.
     
  3. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    The general recommendation is 10 gals to one rooster. My rooster manages 15-16 very nicely, and all the eggs are fertile. If you have too few hens, he's apt to overbreed them, causing feather damage and bare backs, possibly injury.
     
  4. nayeli

    nayeli Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have read 8 hens to 1 rooster if your wanting fertilized eggs. I wouldn't go more than 15 if your wanting any benefit (protection etc).
     
  5. Homie Ducks

    Homie Ducks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Will 5 hens be better because it will become difficult for me to handle the flock.
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Depends on your goals.....why do you want a rooster?

    Also can depend on the space available and the temperament of the rooster.
     
  7. nayeli

    nayeli Chillin' With My Peeps

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    5 should be fine! Really some roosters can be kept with a single hen and cause no problems, it just depends on how aggressive the rooster is. I'd recommend no less than 3!
     
  8. Homie Ducks

    Homie Ducks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks alot
     

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