How many hens should we have for 2 Roo ?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by 1TurkenLover, Sep 22, 2013.

  1. 1TurkenLover

    1TurkenLover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    we want to keep 2 of our Cockerels.

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    At best guess we have 7 Pullets

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    2 Barred Rock pullets : No Pic yet
     
  2. 4 the Birds

    4 the Birds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ideally about 8 hens to 1 roo. The problem with too many roosters are the fights and over-mating of hens. An alpha roo will emerge when you have more than one and they will squabble to test or reinforce the pecking order. A few of our hens have a lot of missing feathers on the back. These are the roos favorite hens. Hope this helps
     
  3. Chickens R Us

    Chickens R Us Chillin' With My Peeps

    I would go with at least 12 to 15 hens per roo. I had 9 hens to 1 roo and had a lot of bare backed hens from an over zealous roo. His name: Cassanova
     
  4. 1TurkenLover

    1TurkenLover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes this helps give perspective . . . First Thoughts are : CHICKEN SADDLE : used on back and some cover tail feathers to keep Roster damage down.
    So our Cockerels will get along better with more hens when kept with Pullets ? can we keep the Cockerels separate from the hens but in a pin together ? IF they are by themselves will they still Fight each other ?
     
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  5. Chickens R Us

    Chickens R Us Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have 7- 5 month old cockerels in a pen together with no fighting just the occasional chest bump.
     

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