Is one rooster and two hens okay as long as the girls wear "aprons"?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Bettylouplus4, Aug 23, 2011.

  1. Bettylouplus4

    Bettylouplus4 Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 16, 2011
    Our small flock has recently gotten smaller and I was wondering if one rooster and two hens will be okay together until I can get some new chicks in the Spring. I plan to buy the girls hen "aprons" this week. The rooster is 17 weeks old, as is one of the hens; the other hen is 14 weeks old. I'm just concerned about him being too much for them to handle once his hormones really kick in. So far, he hasn't been too bad, but I do hear some squawks now and then from one of the hens and she doesn't sound very happy. Anyone have any advice? Thanks so much.
  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    Do the hens have somewhere to get away from the roo? Or something they could get under so he can't mount them? That would help the most, I think. You'll just have to watch the hens and see how they do, keeping in mind the roo might have to go or be seperated.

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