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kinda a random question

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by sager:)silkies, Dec 16, 2011.

  1. sager:)silkies

    sager:)silkies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 1, 2011
    Canada
    how do u know u have to many roosters
    and how many roosters should u have per many birds
    for me i have 50 birds how many roosters should i have
     
  2. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    As many or as few as you want. A good ratio is 10 hens:1 roo, so you would want around 5 roos. You could get away with a few more if they are mild-mannered.

    Good luck.
     
  3. sager:)silkies

    sager:)silkies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 1, 2011
    Canada
    Quote:lol tell ya the truth i have like 11 but some are small so can only handle 3-4 hens and none of my roos fight chase eachother around and peck eachother sometimes when there mating hens thats about it
     
  4. Chick1043

    Chick1043 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 5, 2011
    Idaho
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  5. JoshDeere

    JoshDeere Out Of The Brooder

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    i have heard that you should have 8 hens per rooster for good fertility
     
  6. chickmashnoon

    chickmashnoon Chillin' With My Peeps

    When your hens end up with bald backs or start needing a toupe- well, then you have too many roos [​IMG] Or at least a roo that really likes that one hen . . . . .
     
  7. sager:)silkies

    sager:)silkies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 1, 2011
    Canada
    Quote:Or none of mine have bare backs yet
     
  8. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    I had 1 roo to 18 hens and 11 of my hens had bare backs. It's all about the temperament of the roos. Mine was an awful bird. If you get some good ones then the flock should be fine. 10:1 is a good rough estimate. You can tweak those numbers as needed dependent on the situation.
     

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