How many ladies for one rooster?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by littlels, Nov 9, 2011.

  1. littlels

    littlels Chirping

    Oct 27, 2011
    How many hens can 1 rooster successfully handle? We would like our eggs to be fertile or at least the great majority of the time. He had 8 hens with him and every egg was fertile. We now added 4 more hens which doesn't seem like it would make much of a difference but when do we need to halt with the hens because he can't keep up?

  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    I've always read ten hens to one roo is optimal for fertility. Personally, I think a roo can cover more hens, esp considering a hen remains fertile up to two weeks after one mating.
  3. mama dixie

    mama dixie Chirping

    Aug 11, 2011
    just had to post a reply for this,,, two weeks are you kidding me... gees if I were a roo I would not wanting that info to get out, especially;) to the hens..[​IMG]

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