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How many is too many roos?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Momhen, Nov 22, 2011.

  1. Momhen

    Momhen Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a flock of 13 - 3 are roosters (2 of them are 6 month old siblings - the other is their "dad"). Is it possible to have too many roos in with the hens? I've already had to remove 2 of the older hens as they seemed to be getting too much attention from the roosters and were loosing a bit of weight. Fortunately, with a little TLC they have regained their weight and health and are not integrated back with the rest of the flock. I don't want any of my "girls" to have to go through this again and would be willing to cull one of the roos if necessary. I want to breed one of the young roos next spring, and don't want to get rid of my original rooster so would only get rid of one if I need to. Other than the 2 hens getting too much attention, everyone seems to get on really well together.
     
  2. Johnn

    Johnn Overrun With Chickens

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    roosters will have there favouraites them 2 must have been the favouraite of all three of them
     
  3. Momhen

    Momhen Out Of The Brooder

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    Since I've put them back in with the flock, I've noticed that when I let them out to free range, those 2 stay back in the run. They must realise that free ranging for the others means peace for them!
     
  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    I have heard that the rule should be 10 hens per roo, I have 12 hens and 2 roos so i guess I'm bending the rules a smidge, right now all is well we'll just have to see how it goes when breeding season kicks off next year.
     

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