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is one rooster to 10 hens ok?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Johnn, Oct 27, 2011.

  1. Johnn

    Johnn Overrun With Chickens

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    i have one rooster and 10 hens, do i need another rooster?
     
  2. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Nope.
     
  3. MetalSmitten

    MetalSmitten Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you should be fine. adding another roo would likely cause some fighting and barebacks. [​IMG] but every situation can be different, so just keep an eye on everyone, and check eggs for fertility (if that's what you're going for) and adjust accordingly.
     
  4. Johnn

    Johnn Overrun With Chickens

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    how do you check eggs?
     
  5. MetalSmitten

    MetalSmitten Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you have to crack them open and look. a fertile egg will show a subtle, white-ish "bulls-eye" type mark, a small circle less than 1cm in diameter. it can show up anywhere on the yolk.

    photos: https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=16008

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    you've checked fertility for a few days and are happy that all/most eggs are fertile, you can start saving them for incubation if you want.
     

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