how many hens per tom

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by jimmythechicken, Aug 20, 2011.

  1. jimmythechicken

    jimmythechicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 8, 2010
    mansfield
    how many hens can one tom service.they will be in a pen not free ranging.we were thinking 3-4 hens for our tom.will we still get a good fertily rate like that
     
  2. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    22,034
    622
    448
    Feb 20, 2008
    Opelousas, Louisiana
    You will be fine. That's enough for him to handle.
     
  3. Lagerdogger

    Lagerdogger Chillin' With My Peeps

    921
    28
    141
    Jun 30, 2010
    Aitkin, MN
    A common rule or thumb is 5 to 1. You hear of a few people going higher and having good luck. My problem is that I want to keep more toms because they all look so nice. [​IMG]
     
  4. ColbyNTX

    ColbyNTX Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2009
    Woods, TX
    That will be a fine ratio. If he is young, 1-4 years, he should be able to cover a dozen.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by