how many hens for a rooster

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Kevin DC, Oct 21, 2014.

  1. Kevin DC

    Kevin DC New Egg

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    Hi

    How many hens can a snowflake rooster handle?
    I have 5 hens but only one rooster...

    Thanks!
     
  2. lightchick

    lightchick Overrun With Chickens

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    5 hens for one rooster is perfect.
     
  3. Kevin DC

    Kevin DC New Egg

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    So he could fertilize all hens?
     
  4. HappyChickenLover

    HappyChickenLover Chillin' With My Peeps

    Game like birds can handle more then that, but the more there is many of times they will keep hitting same girls over and not get them all
     
  5. SeptemberQuail

    SeptemberQuail Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, he'll be able to fertilize all the hen's eggs. Five females is great.
    I've read somewhere that chicken hen's can stay fertile for up to 2 weeks once the roo did his job, so I'd presume the same/similar rule would apply for quail.
    Sometimes males will have their favourites and will go for other females more often than others, but that shouldn't be a problem.
     
  6. dc3085

    dc3085 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Fertility in japanese quail lasts 7-14 days. A rooster can easily keep 7 hens fertile.
     

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