How many hens per roo?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by HomesteaderMel, Sep 7, 2011.

  1. HomesteaderMel

    HomesteaderMel Out Of The Brooder

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    I am considering adding to my flock tomorrow... as of right now, I have 4 RIR and 3 Ameraucanas (one being a cockerel). I would like to get some Brahmas, possibly 4...
    Is there a typical ratio, hen:rooster? If not, would 10:1 be okay? He will have his work cut out for him [​IMG]

    Thanks!
     
  2. TACEYPERKINS

    TACEYPERKINS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, they say 8-10 hens per rooster.
     
  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    All the better to spread around the lovin'. More hens will result in less wear and tear on them. Understand that you should quarantine the new birds and that there will be strife and disruption of the pecking order upon their introduction to the flock.
     

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