How many roosters to keep?

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

  1. Dukes7779

    Dukes7779 Chirping

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    Thanks all! Going to keep two.....for now.
     
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  2. ausmumof3

    ausmumof3 Chirping

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    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

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    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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