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Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by NYRIR, Jun 16, 2010.

  1. NYRIR

    NYRIR Songster

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    How many hens per rooster to get a good percentage of fertile eggs? I'd like to be sure to have the right ratio,but since these will be kept seperate,don't want TOO many! I was thinking maybe 5 hens and a roo?But I don't want the girls getting worn out from too much action! [​IMG]
     

  2. Paco

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    I think its generaly 1 rooster to 10 hens . The less hens you have the more each one will get serviced , unless the rooster picks favorites then its hard to tell, but 1 to 5 ratio is pretty good.
     
  3. NYRIR

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    Good...wanna start small and see where it goes...so many chickens,so little space [​IMG]
     
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    I had 1 rooster to 13 hens. Every single one were fertile and the hens backs were very healthy. This was when I only had 14 chickens though.
     

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