Is it possible to have to many hens per rooster?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by DelawareQueen14, Aug 8, 2016.

  1. DelawareQueen14

    DelawareQueen14 Out Of The Brooder

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    I just ordered 17 chicks from cackle hatchery that were supposed to be all pullets but I have one RIR rooster. I've never had a rooster before but I don't think I want to get rid of it. Is it possible to have too many hens per rooster? [​IMG]
     
  2. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

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    [​IMG] so glad you have joined us. You should consider posting an intro in the New Members forum for a proper welcoming.


    The problems occur when you have too many roosters/hen ratio. Sounds like you should keep him and he will be a very happy boy.[​IMG]
     
  3. DelawareQueen14

    DelawareQueen14 Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok I will and thank you so much![​IMG]
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Only if you're breeding them, then you might not have complete fertility in all 17 pullets/hens.

    If you are new to chickens, keeping a cock/erel might not be so much fun if you're not familiar with animal behaviors.....they can be nasty, cause trouble, and be dangerous if young children are around.
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    @Ridgerunner posted a great blurb on cock/erels not long ago....may they will paste it here for you to read.
     
  5. DelawareQueen14

    DelawareQueen14 Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm probably not going to breed them. But I've had chickens for the past 6-7 years so I'm not completely new to it. I've just never owned a rooster. Lots of my other family members have had roosters before. I know how mean they can get, believe me I've heard lots of stories. [​IMG] But I think I'm ready for one, besides I need him to protect my hens! But, thank you for your advice![​IMG]
     
  6. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Overrun With Chickens

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    I think you are ready for a rooster too. I did not have one for a couple of years, and got some chicken experience. It turned out well for me. I love having a single rooster with my ladies. And it has always reduced day time predation for me.

    Mrs K
     
  7. Puddin Fluff

    Puddin Fluff Overrun With Chickens

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    I try to be very observant of my boys behaviors. I watch to see if they treat the ladies right and me with respect. Any who are overly agressive - GO. I have 8 cockerels that I have to pick from my hatches this spring. Most of the time I hate getting rid of any as I enjoy their plumage but too many boys just upset the ladies so, off they go. I do enjoy their crowing and I like watching them careing for their ladies. My hubby always wants to know why I keep them. Eye candy of course! [​IMG]
     
  8. DelawareQueen14

    DelawareQueen14 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you so much!! I can't believe how friendly the people on this website are!! [​IMG]
     
  9. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    That should help a lot!
     
  10. Lil Peeps

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    In my opinion, the more hens per rooster the better! I read somewhere that one rooster should be able to properly fertilize 10-15 hens. But I had a flock of 21 hens and 1 rooster and I tried incubating some of my eggs and every single egg I put in was fertile and started developing. Maybe not all roosters are the same but I think your boy should do well with your hens. =) As long as I find a nice one I love having a rooster around! I hope you will too.
     

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