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

    Feb 28, 2016
    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 I Wanna Be A Cowboy Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    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 Chicken Obsessed

    Nov 12, 2009
    western South Dakota
    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

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    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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