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How many roosters needed for 25 hens?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Farmama, Feb 20, 2011.

  1. Farmama

    Farmama Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 9, 2011
    Anything wrong with keeping one rooster with 25 hens? Anything wrong with keeping 2 roosters with 25 hens (all will be together in one house and coop). My thought is that I will order 2 roosters, but only keep the one I like better. I just want everyone to be happy [​IMG]

  2. PepsNick

    PepsNick Back to Business

    May 9, 2010
    Egglanta, GA
    Most people go by one rooster per 10 hens, so two is good but three couldn't hurt. [​IMG]
  3. Azriel

    Azriel Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 19, 2010
    I have 1 roo with 15 hens, every egg that I crack to eat has been fertile, so i would think that 2 would be fine for 25 hens.
  4. Momo

    Momo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 16, 2008
    Nelson BC
    My eggs are all fertile and I have one roo with 26 hens. I believe they do get less fertile as they get older.
  5. Farmama

    Farmama Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 9, 2011
    I don't know that it is too important to me that the eggs are fertilized, I just want all the birds to be happy. And I think roosters are pretty, so I'd like to have a few if it isn't going to cause distress.
  6. M To The Maxx

    M To The Maxx Baseball+Girls=Life

    Jul 24, 2009
    2 or 3.
  7. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    It sounds like you are talking about ordering from a hatchery. If that's the case, I wouldn't order any roosters. You will almost certainly get some anyway. Sexing isn't accurate to assume all 25 will be females; more likely they will not. In addition, if they send a "free chick" or two, it will almost certainly be a roo. If you order two, you will probably wind up with too many roos for the number of hens.
  8. jockey1975

    jockey1975 Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 3, 2011
    Wilson, NC
    Quote:I agree 100%
  9. Farmama

    Farmama Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 9, 2011
    Yeppers, I'm ordering from a hatchery. Just getting ready to make the order, too, so I'm glad I got on here and read your advice, first. I waas going to order 3 roosters! So I won't order any and will just wait and see what I get [​IMG]

    Thank you, all ~

  10. bluere11e

    bluere11e Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 8, 2011
    West Palm Beach
    2 is a good number for a flock of 25. I had a problem with my hens being picked off during the day by hawks. My roo would be doing.. well, what roos do best.. crowing, preening, yammering about something tasty and basically, not watching the skies.. with 2 roos,, one always seems to be looking and one squawk.. everybody runs.. no problems.. There is the occasional cockfight, but it's usually short lived and my Alpha hen usually steps in..[​IMG]

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