Novice free ranged chicken owner. Needs help.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Becksbirds, Mar 23, 2009.

  1. Becksbirds

    Becksbirds New Egg

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    Can't get a straight answer on hen to rooster ratio. We have 3 hens and one very protective rooster. Is he going to wear out my girls? We thought we were given a hen until he started crowing, etc...He's beautiful and I want to keep him. Do I need to get some more hens?
    Thanks:/
     
  2. the_eagle69

    the_eagle69 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    10 to 12 hens per roo for fertile eggs unless you have a very very aggresive roo you should be ok.
     
  3. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    Any excuse to buy more hens...LOL
     
  4. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

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    If you see signs that the hens are being overbred, like missing feathers or injuries, then get him more hens. I had a very nice phoenix roo that was quite happy for years with one or two bantam hens and there weren't any problems. Some roosters are rougher than others. You will just have to watch him. He might be fine. Personally, I would get more hens because you can never have enough! [​IMG]
     
  5. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:I agree with Jody. A protective rooster that's also respectful of his humans is worth his weight in gold; especially if you free-range.
    If he tears the girls up too bad, there's always saddles.
     
  6. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

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    I'm with horsejody and gritsar. If your hens back's aren't being torn up then he's fine with just the three. If they start getting 'beat up' by his advances then you probably need to add more hens so he can divide his time between more hens.
     

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