How many roosters

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by yoker, Sep 9, 2009.

  1. yoker

    yoker Chillin' With My Peeps

    603
    0
    149
    Jul 7, 2008
    How many roosters of each breed do you keep?
     
  2. Master S.M.C

    Master S.M.C Chillin' With My Peeps

    752
    0
    142
    Jan 23, 2009
    Maryland
    I keep two rooster per breed for purposes of loss of one through predators so I will always have a spare I guess
     
  3. Pathfinders

    Pathfinders Overrun With Chickens

    2,265
    252
    288
    Jan 25, 2008
    Northern KY
    Two or three, depending on space constraints. You want "an heir and a spare", as the old expression goes.
     
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2009
  4. HBuehler

    HBuehler Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 30, 2009
    Lebanon TN
    Agreed at least 2. I have one for some breeds-the ones I really don't focus on very much so if he's on vacation for any reason it won't matter.
     
  5. My Little Sister's Farm

    My Little Sister's Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    377
    0
    139
    May 13, 2008
    Forest Grove, Oregon
    Depends on your goal really. Your breeding rooster is more important than any hen could ever be. He is 90% of your genetics. His genes are not tied up on one ova per day (like a hen), but could be closer to 20 if he's lucky. (And if he passed or was gone for a few weeks, there is the potential for his genes to survive up to 21 days in a hen, if a hen dies, her genes are gone.)

    If breeding to improve a breed or to only produce quality stock keep what you really thing is superior. Why keep "a spare" if he isn't worth it. Having one is fine if you don't think your other males are good enough for your girls.

    If you have a hen to roo ratio over 10 in a breeding pen your fertility may start to suffer. If you have 50 hens and you are using all for breeding you should have at least 5 roosters in with them (IMO). I guess I would have a spare in this case so your ratio was closer to 8:1, as some hens may be gotten by multiple roos, there will be a few girls who get missed every other day or so.
     
  6. Pathfinders

    Pathfinders Overrun With Chickens

    2,265
    252
    288
    Jan 25, 2008
    Northern KY
    My Little Sister's Farm :

    Why keep "a spare" if he isn't worth it. Having one is fine if you don't think your other males are good enough for your girls.

    I keep a "spare" as insurance against unforseen events, like predators, theft, illness, sudden death, etc.

    Nothing worse than having your only male bird go missing or die if he hasn't been in the breeding pen with his wives. Then you're SOL.​
     
  7. DawnSuiter

    DawnSuiter Chillin' With My Peeps

    We try to keep one "understudy"
    [​IMG]
     
  8. rodriguezpoultry

    rodriguezpoultry Langshan Lover

    10,918
    95
    331
    Jan 4, 2009
    Claremore, OK
    For each breed, as of this moment I have one per each. After this season, I will have two per each.
     
  9. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

    11,005
    442
    328
    Jun 1, 2009
    Ohio
    Like all the others said.. I like to keep 2 roosters per breed..

    chris
     
  10. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    20,149
    299
    401
    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    I guess (know) I need to cut down on my boys. Oh for the weather to cool off enough to ship. [​IMG] And I need another trip to the feedstore across town who will purchase (mix-breed) roos (hens too, but those I can find homes for fairly easily).

    I haven't counted exactly, but with my partridge I have nearly as many cocks and cockerels as hens and pullets. But they're all so pretty, and they get along well (except for one who gets bullied and so runs and hides on the other side of the yard).

    My 3 buff hens have two cockerels. My blues/blacks are pretty much even number--although there may be more boys. Splash is a pair, but I have two growing boys and no young girls. Etc.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by