Living with chickens

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Fisher hen, Nov 21, 2015.

  1. Fisher hen

    Fisher hen Hatching

    Nov 21, 2015
    12 4 week old chicks were relocated to my porch this past June. A kindergarten hatched them and needed a home at schools end. Yours truly brained stormed my sister a veteran hen keeper could use a dozen birds. Before I could say chicks she got wind of it and nixed the idea. Now they are all mine, six roosters and six hens. The state tested for diseases so I could move the roosters to a new home( not to be eaten home). They are clean. The boys are still here on probation for future behavior. We named all 12, hold them, use them for anxiety relief by listening to night cooing and watching daily antics. Taking one day at a time reading BYC info and checking the blog for experiences hands on.

  2. Free Spirit

    Free Spirit The Chiarian

    Oct 21, 2015
    Six roosters and six hens. Wow, that may cause a few problems. I realize that they are "not" to be eaten but that may be way too many roosters.

    Just letting you know so you are aware of potential problems such as fighting or over mated hens.
  3. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  4. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. X2 on Free Spirit; I would strongly advise you to either re-home those roosters or get a lot more hens. The recommended ratio of roosters to hens is 1 rooster for every 10 hens. As they mature and their hormones kick in, too many roosters will become very hard physically on your hens; over-breeding them, biting and plucking the feathers from their necks and backs, battering them, and potentially, seriously injuring them. The only reason you really need a rooster is to fertilize eggs for hatching and 1 rooster can easily handle 10-15 hens in that regard. If you haven't done so already, definitely check out our Learning Center at There is lots of useful information there. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Cheers.
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to the Backyard chickens flock, so glad you joined us [​IMG]

  6. Frindizzle

    Frindizzle Guitar Girl <3 Premium Member

    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined the flock! [​IMG]
  7. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] I'm glad you joined our community!

    I agree with the other posters: unless your roosters are kept separate from the hens, the hens are going to get very stressed out from overmating/harassing.

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