how many hens should you have per rooster

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by AlotaBitCountry, Apr 13, 2012.

  1. AlotaBitCountry

    AlotaBitCountry Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 5, 2012
    Ord Nebraska
    so far we have 11 chickens and 1 is believed to be a rooster, its still only a little over a month old though so we will see. but how many hens should you have per rooster in your flock?
  2. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    If you want a rooster for fertility/hatching, most suggest 10 or so hens per rooster. If you just have a rooster for ornamental and/or protection, then you could have many more hens, or a few less. Too few number of hens can result in overuse of those hens by the rooster = feather wear/loss.
    Of course mature, mannerly roosters can be with just a few hens with no ill effects (to the hens). But it's nice to spread "the love" out when you end up with an overly hormonal young cockerel with little finesse...
  3. christineavatar

    christineavatar Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2011
    Bolinas, CA
    I have 16 hens and one rooster. I put a bunch (about 25) eggs in an incubator and all but two hatched.

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