how many hens for a rooster

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

  1. Kevin DC

    Kevin DC Hatching

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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 Crowing

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

    Kevin DC Hatching

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    So he could fertilize all hens?
     
  4. 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 Songster

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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 Crowing

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

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