How many roosters

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by BIDaBIRD, Jun 16, 2007.

  1. BIDaBIRD

    BIDaBIRD New Egg

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    I currently have 13 full grown hens, 3 hens that are about 12 weeks old and 2 roosters. The feed store by my house has another rooster in that little cage and I am trying to keep myself from going over there and getting it. The two roosters I have now get along fine now that they are used to each other. Also have about 15 hens that are 4 weeks old that will be turned out in about 4 more weeks. My chicken yard is 3/4 acre with an 8 foot tall fence.

    Tell me 2 roosters are enough so I don't feel obligated to rescue another rooster. LOL
     
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2007
  2. Jezebelle

    Jezebelle Out Of The Brooder

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    aahh you can never have to many....as long as the crowing doesnt drive you bonkers!!


    hehehe i am a bad influence!!![​IMG]
     
  3. hatchcrazzzy

    hatchcrazzzy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 8, 2007
    kemp texas
    you are suppose have 1 roo per about 12 hens
     
  4. chickiebird

    chickiebird Out Of The Brooder

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    Will roosters fight when they grow up? My con artist of a brother gave me 6 baby silkie "hens", which have turned out to be 3 hens and 3 roosters. I'm trying to find a home for 2 of the roosters, but what if I can't? Will they fight? Will they drive the hens crazy?
     
  5. V Chic Chick

    V Chic Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When your 12wo are grown up, then you'll have a ratio of 1:8. If you have any more cockerels than that, then you'll get bloody, unpleasant fights.
     
  6. V Chic Chick

    V Chic Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Silkies are famously placid, and it's not unheard of for several silkie roos to live together without a problem. However, if you do have a problem, then you will either have to cull, or separate into three different coops, 1 roo and one hen in each.

    You may get a problem with overmating, and then the solution would be to buy poultry saddles. A member of our board makes them and sells them online.
    http://www.freewebs.com/ditzzyswhimsicalcreations/

    In future, you should know that silkies are notoriously difficult to sex using the secondary gender characteristics, and you guys only have silkie bantams . . . it's incredibly difficult to vent sex bantams.
     

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