male to female ratio?????????

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by outnumbered42one, Feb 22, 2009.

  1. outnumbered42one

    outnumbered42one New Egg

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    Hello all , If someone could help me with how many females to a male I would appriciate it. Im trying to order my chick tonight and need to know. Im gonna start with 25 mixed assortment brown egg layers from mcmurray.[​IMG]
     
  2. bluey

    bluey thootp veteran

    Apr 10, 2008
    Washington, PA
    For 25 chickens, two roos should do the trick. Even one should be fine.
     
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2009
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Do you want fertile eggs or do you want eggs?

    If you want fertile eggs. 1 roo to 10 hens.

    If you want lots of eggs. More hens, No roos.
     
  4. allisojo

    allisojo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Agreed. I've read that 10 hens to 1 rooster is a good target. You could probably get away with fewer hens if the rooster was nice, but I'd only order 2 males max., as you'll probably end up with more than that anyway in your order. I could be wrong. That's just my opinion.
     
  5. outnumbered42one

    outnumbered42one New Egg

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    Well thanx for the info im gonna order females so hopefully they'll be sexed right. I belive I'll order two roo's . Yeah Id like to breed them. I've always had just hens so this will be my first time with both.
     
  6. austinhart123

    austinhart123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2008
    Los Angeles CA
    well think of it this way... a good ratio is 2 rooster to 25 hens in your case so order two.... and if worse case senario they both die, people are always getting rid of roosters
     

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