How many roos are too many?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by cjatthefarm, Dec 11, 2010.

  1. cjatthefarm

    cjatthefarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2010
    I have 5 roosters and 10 hens that are now 6 weeks old. I have 15 more little girls that not quite 3 weeks old. Am I gonna have troubles? Are those just too many men for my girls? The boys currently get along with each just fine, however, is that gonna change?
  2. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    1 roo per 5 hens is just fine. I try to stay somewhere around that ratio.
  3. birdicus7

    birdicus7 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 17, 2010
    Coatesville, PA
    I think it's personal preference. I have the best success with 1 roo per 10-12 hens. Right now I have 3 roos out of 18 birds. I only wanted 1 but with hatchery sexing being what it is...go figure. Anyway, as long as they get along you can keep what you want, but that will definitely add to the feed bill without helping the egg numbers. They will definitely change as they get older and not always for the best either. Good luck
  4. FarmerDenise

    FarmerDenise Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 21, 2007
    Sonoma County
    I prefer 1 roo to 12 hens. Of course I also feel that a loud roo is one too many, a nasty roo is one too many etc. I have around 20 chickens and I prefer to have just one roo.

    It depends on why you keep a rooster in the first place. One roo can service 20 hens just fine. But if you are into breeding, maybe you need more, I wouldn't know. One roo is perfectly capable of protecting 20 or so hens. And I only want a few new chicks every year anyway.
    I keep my chickens so I can have eggs and meat and fertilizer and for the entertainment value. One good roo is more than enough for our needs.
  5. Cowgirl71

    Cowgirl71 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2010
    Missouri Ozarks
    It really is personal preference. I like to aim for a 1:15-20 ratio.
  6. bywaterdog

    bywaterdog Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 29, 2008
    How many roos are too many?

    One more than just enough.......................[​IMG]
  7. cjatthefarm

    cjatthefarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2010
    I don't plan on breeding, just havin' great eggs! I am curious however, about what I read when a hen goes broody and hatches her eggs. If God is willing; I might just let that happen!

    I got the five roos from the hatchery when I ordered only 10 hens. 'For warmth & comfort' ! My friend that built my run & house offered to take the rooster that proved to be 'trouble' off my hands---for the roaster, I think![​IMG]

    It seems these 5 guys have worked things out for now. I got a real kick outa watching their chest butting when they were little!

    I'm gonna let my little family grow; my real challenge may be really happen when the young ones get big enough to join the 'big girls'! 1 to 5 ratio will be what it is for now!

    Thanks everyone!
  8. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    Well if they're only six weeks old, they won't be any problem yet. Problems will come at around four months when they reach maturity and notice the girls. Keep an eye on your hens, if you have bare backs, hens hiding from the roosters or roosters ganging up on hens repeatedly, you have too many. It's not a hard and fast number, it's how everyone gets along.
  9. abhaya

    abhaya Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 5, 2010
    cookeville, tn
    I wouls see what happens Some roos will get along where others wont. If you want fertile eggs with that ratio you are gonna get them. I have 2 roos 1 free ranges with the gig girls one is a silkie with the silkie flock But they are never together.
  10. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Feb 20, 2008
    Opelousas, Louisiana
    I would say 1 roo to 10 hens. The problem with having too many roos is that not only may they fight but they will tear your girls' backs apart. Too many roos breeding your hens is not a pretty sight. My total hatching this year was terrible as far as how many roos were hatched. Had to send about 40 roos to freezer camp. They attacked my girls so bad, my girls had cuts and tears on their backs. They were stressed out.

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