how many hens per rooster?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Poupoulles, Jun 13, 2009.

  1. Poupoulles

    Poupoulles Songster

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    I have 14 hens and three roosters. 11 hens are pullets who have not started laying yet, the other three are my vets who have no interest in roosters and beat them up if they so much as look at them. So it is really 11 pullets for three cockerels.
    Is that a good ratio?
     
  2. keljonma

    keljonma Songster

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    Two too many, imo.

    Unless you are thinking of separating them into different flocks.

    If you are thinking of hatching fertile eggs from your flock. then you'll need one roo.

    You don't need a roo at all if you aren't planning on hatching your own flock eggs.
     
  3. Cats Critters

    Cats Critters Completely Indecisive

    8-10 hens per roo, so you have to many.
     
  4. Thortherooster

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    i was told 10 per rooster, so you have way too many you should get rid of some or just get more hens....[​IMG]
     
  5. mamaKate

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    There is no harm in having extre roos unless they start to fight. The dominant roo will likely be the only one mating.
     
  6. Poupoulles

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    Oh. No. I. guess. I. will. have. to. get. more. hens..... how. terrible.
     
  7. JenEric Farms

    JenEric Farms GOOGLE GENIUS

    Oct 31, 2007
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    Quote:Whatever it takes... [​IMG]
     

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