How many in a flock?

Discussion in 'Hatch-A-Longs' started by Princess Guinea, Dec 27, 2013.

  1. Princess Guinea

    Princess Guinea Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a great Buff Orpington rooster and just purchased two hens. Now I'm wondering if two's enough? This is a pet flock. But I feel that one hen is always odd hen out. Any ideas?[​IMG]
     
  2. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    You'll probably find two hens is not enough for the rooster. They'll get too much attention and start to get bare backs. Four hens might be enough, it really depends how "active" the rooster is. They are very active as cockerels and tend to mellow out when older. I can get away with 4 hens to my rooster now but in his first year 6 hens were not enough.
     
  3. Princess Guinea

    Princess Guinea Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you. He's only 2. I guess I better look for more girlies
     
  4. new breeder

    new breeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i think more girls you need :p
     
  5. justin24

    justin24 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wud say have 6 hens the extra eggs are nice nd try to incoprate a winter egg layer so you can have sum eggs in the winter time
     
  6. Circle P Farm

    Circle P Farm Out Of The Brooder

    I would definitely say that you may need a few more hens with your rooster! I have about 75 chickens total and only 3 of them are roosters and my hens at times still get too much ATTN from the roosters. I'm not saying that you have to have that many but a few more would definitely help the two that you have from being broke down from the rooster
     
  7. new breeder

    new breeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    1 rooster + 6 hens i think is the best [​IMG]
    like that all of the 6 hens have feathers in their back
     

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