How many roos should I keep?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by New adventure, Aug 8, 2009.

  1. New adventure

    New adventure Songster

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    I have 8 BO pullets and 3 BO roos; plus 6EE pullets and 3 EE roos. I want to keep 1 BO and 2 EE roos but wonder if that is too many for the number of pullets.
    They all free range together now but I can separate them when I want chicks that breed true.
    The main reason for keeping 2 EEs is that I like them both, and there is really only 1 BO that is really nice. ( One spins in circles and one has smutty tail feathers)
     
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    You'll be pushing it with two roos. I used to have 2 roos to 16 hens, but found my flock is much happier, less stressed now that I only have one roo.
     
  3. New adventure

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    so, should I just keep the 1 BO?
     
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Keep the one you like the best and has the best manners around humans (although at a young age, before puberty hits it's hard to tell what their final personality will be like).
    I think the general rule of thumb is one roo to every 8 to 10 hens. My roo still manages to give me almost 100% fertility and he now has 13 hens.
     

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