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How many roosters I need ?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kandooshe, Feb 12, 2011.

  1. kandooshe

    kandooshe Chirping

    I have 23 chickens (all of them are 1 years old), how many roosters I need to them ,( if I need roosters to make fertilized eggs) ??

    I have 3 roosters , is that enough or I need to cull ?


  2. LC orps

    LC orps Songster

    Dec 7, 2009
    Mcleansville, NC
    that should be good i have orpingtons and usually it's said one rooster can handle 8 hens in there yonger years.......... [​IMG]
  3. kandooshe

    kandooshe Chirping

    Another ideas ...
  4. dsqard

    dsqard Crazy "L" Farms

    Jun 11, 2010
    York PA
    I have to agree with LC orps. I think you are fine with three roosters. Just keep an eye out for excessive feather loss on the girls. If they are not being over bred and the roosters get along, you should be fine.
  5. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Well I'd probably go with two roosters myself, for that many hens. But it kind of depends on how your roosters get along. If the three you have get along well, then by all means keep all three. But if not, then I'd think two healthy roosters that the hens like should be plenty enough.
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2011
  6. Judy

    Judy Crowing Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Quote:I have mostly read 10 hens. I agree, though, you're fine. But you'd probably have mostly or all fertile eggs with two roos, too. At least from my limited experience.
  7. kandooshe

    kandooshe Chirping

    thanks all very much ,,,

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