male to female ratio in chickens?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by boykin2010, Oct 3, 2010.

  1. boykin2010

    boykin2010 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    what is the male to female ratio in chickens. is 1 rooster to 7 standard hens and 3 bantam hens good?
     
  2. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    That's pretty much the standard recommendation [​IMG] for fertilization. Of course with a gentle, courteous rooster, just a few hens might work with nary a feather out of place. And a rough, rude rooster may wear hens with a flock of 20 birds.
     
  3. boykin2010

    boykin2010 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ok well i know this is a stupid question but can a bantam like a tophat have fertile eggs while being in a pen with a standard rooster like a bo or rir
     
  4. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    I had a bantam polish in with my big Ameraucana... and she had fertile eggs.
     
  5. boykin2010

    boykin2010 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ok well thats cool i have an auracana hen and i was hoping to get a buff rooster!
     
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Yes, a standard rooster can fertilize the eggs of a bantam hen, but he can also physically injure her if he is a very large rooster.Imagine a BO trying to breed an OE game bantam hen- not a very good idea.
     

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