How many Roos per Chicken

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by krobin04, Jun 14, 2010.

  1. krobin04

    krobin04 Out Of The Brooder

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    How may roos can we have per chicken- we have 2 with 3 hens, but they don't fight, they "dance" and show off but don't peck at eachother. They were raised together since hatching.
     
  2. n2thestorm5032

    n2thestorm5032 Chillin' With My Peeps

    im not quite sure on the actual amount but i was told 1 rooster can be with a total of 3-6 hens..
     
  3. Tracie70

    Tracie70 Out Of The Brooder

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    I also researched this and most people say minimum 1 to 7 but most ideally said 1 to 10.
     
  4. Chickenfarmer 1-2-b

    Chickenfarmer 1-2-b Chillin' With My Peeps

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    1:10 is what I read from a book by Janet Stromberg as I recall.
     
  5. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Overrun With Chickens

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    So if you have more than 10 chicken with one roo, is the only side effect is that not all eggs will be fertilized? Or is there something else?
     
  6. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Mrs. K :

    So if you have more than 10 chicken with one roo, is the only side effect is that not all eggs will be fertilized? Or is there something else?

    That's about it. And it's not a foregone conclusion though.... some roosters can cover more than 10 hens. But if you have LESS than that many, the hens may be mounted too much and start to look ratty. On the other hand, some roos have "favorites" and will mount them more than others.​
     
  7. wildorchid053

    wildorchid053 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 12, 2009
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    i have 1 per 4 hens and their backs are bald totally! i would add many more hens. they finally molted and have grown them back and i have kept them seperate.. i also notice he seemed to favor one over another..
     
  8. krobin04

    krobin04 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks everyone! Hopefully when our new Wyandottes grow up (they are 8 wks now, and just showing signs of things to come) we can put the hens together and separate out the roos, but can more than 1 roo live in a pen if the hens are next door? We aren't so worried about fertilization, just don't want to interbreed. The year old birds are Welsummer crosses.
     

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