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How many roosters are too many?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by tinman9952, Sep 30, 2008.

  1. tinman9952

    tinman9952 Out Of The Brooder

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    They were all supposed to be sexed, but i ended up with 4 roosters. One disappeared, so now i have 3. With only 4 hens and 17 pullets am I in for some problems ?
     
  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    You should probably only have 2 at the most with that many hens. 12-14 hens per rooster is what I have heard is the right ratio.
     
  3. tinman9952

    tinman9952 Out Of The Brooder

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    So far, there is one dominant rooster that keeps the other two in check. They are 21 weeks old now, and I really don't want to butcher any of them.
     
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    You could take a wait and see approach, but even if the roos get along they'll overmate the hens. You don't have to butcher them, you could try finding some of the boys new homes. The younger you find them new homes the better IMO.
     
  5. tinman9952

    tinman9952 Out Of The Brooder

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    Only one of the 3 are mating, you think the other 2 will get in on the action ? I was hoping only the boss would.
     
  6. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    If the alpha roo is very dominant over the other roos he will do the majority of the mating, but boys will be boys and when the others mature they will try every time they think they can get away with it.
     
  7. tinman9952

    tinman9952 Out Of The Brooder

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    next question then, what are the consequences of over-mating?
     
  8. Heather J

    Heather J Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Missing feathers, mostly. When I first got my hens i had three roosters, and they would gang bang the hens, they all lost most of their back feathers in the few weeks before we gave away the extra two roosters. the feathers are starting to grow back on most of the hens now that it's growing cool, but I have a couple that I still don't see new feathers on yet. I may have to give the poor girls a sweater. lol
     

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