How many ladies for one rooster?

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

  1. littlels

    littlels Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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

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    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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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