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How many hens per roo?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by woolyworm, Jul 16, 2011.

  1. woolyworm

    woolyworm Hatching

    Jun 22, 2011
    I thought I was getting 4 hens, but one was a roo. Should I give him away now (I found a farm for him), or should I keep him and see how it works out? I am worried that it will be too much male for only four females. At 14 weeks old he is already aggressive towards the ladies. Any advice?

  2. RareBreedFancier

    RareBreedFancier Surrounded by Broodies

    Nov 5, 2010
    Australia :)
    Standard advise is 8 - 10 ladies per roo. If he's being hard on them at 14wo it's likely to only get worse as he matures.

    If you have a farm for him to go too I would send him now.
  3. cwalsh2

    cwalsh2 In the Brooder

    Jul 4, 2011
    Hermosa South Dakota
    He should be fine. I used to single breed chickens with 1 hen and 1 rooster to a pen. I had about 40 pens like that, and the roosters were never too hard on the hens. The hens on the other hand often ate the feathers off the roosters necks. they were in a pen 4ftx7ftx8ft tall. The feather eating was worse when I had 4-5 hens with the rooster. My roosters were never hard on the hens. 1 rooster can keep a dozen hens laying fertile eggs though. I had games.

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