How many roosters do i need for 28 hens.

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Chickchick323, Mar 20, 2016.

  1. Chickchick323

    Chickchick323 Out Of The Brooder

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    I herd online you need 1 rooster per 12 hens but i have 28 pullets and im heading towards keeping all three of my roos is it okay to have 3 roos for 28 hens?.
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Let It Snow Premium Member

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    That's something you will have to judge for yourself, if you are seeing too much of the feathers being worn off than you should reduce your rooster numbers.
     
  3. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Overrun With Chickens

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    It will depend on the roosters. Some will work together, set a hierarchy, and go with that for long periods of time. Some will have temporary truces, and some will fight to the death. Father/sons if the son is raised under the Father, tend to work best. Brothers or flock mates are chancy, some work, some don't.

    A lot will depend on the amount of space you have.

    Mrs K
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!

    What are your goals?
    1:10 is commercial ratio for fertility coverage.
    Depends also on how you obtain, house, and manage them.
     

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