How many roosters to keep?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Dukes7779, Oct 9, 2019.

  1. Dukes7779

    Dukes7779 Chirping

    Apr 15, 2019
    Northern NY
    Thanks all! Going to keep two.....for now.
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  2. ausmumof3

    ausmumof3 Chirping

    Dec 18, 2016
    I can manage two Roos with my 10 girls but they are australorp and really laid back. Any more than that and they seem to fight.

    The only exception is when I had to separate one for bumblefoot. As soon as I put him back the other guy beat him up.
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  3. Chickassan

    Chickassan Wattle Fondler

    Iv'e got two in a flock of thirteen girls they're father and son.
    So far, so good.:)
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  4. centrarchid

    centrarchid Free Ranging

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    I free-range quite a bit and rely upon roosters to reduce loss of juvenile chickens to hawks. My chickens are full-sized with many being game chickens.

    Silkies are a different story. They should be confined with every protection measure possible. They have limited ability to see and have a large number of mutations making them extremely vulnerable to predators of all colors.

    Particulars of male silkies I am not familiar with although they might be adaptable to bachelor pen keeping. If not, then pen excess males singly. Otherwise re-home or eat them.
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