Over Breeding is it Common? Poll*

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Chickenfiend, Aug 19, 2008.

  1. Chickenfiend

    Chickenfiend Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 16, 2008
    Bellville OH
    I was wondering how many of you guys have problems with overbreeding. I also wondered if certain breeds are known for not over doing it. (no pun intended)
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    It all depends on the rooster, the number of hens each rooster has, and how big the rooster is. If you don't have enough hens for the roo, such as less than 10, or your rooster is 12 lbs, or if you have a high drive roo, you'll probably have a over breeding problem.
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    It's good this is a family friendly forum.
  4. Chicabee19

    Chicabee19 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 8, 2008
    umm.... what is 'over breeding' ?
  5. WisconsinChick

    WisconsinChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have one HUGE Austrolorp rooster and 15 hens and it seems that he is only chasing one of them. She has a bare back.
  6. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Ah, a roo with a few favorites can also lead to overbreeding. It is when a hen gets so much attention from the roo that they get their head and back feathers all pulled out.
  7. spookykim

    spookykim Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 16, 2008
    my roo only has 3 gals and I have never seen them missing any feathers. he does like the girls a lot also. maybe its because he is a silkie?
  8. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Well, if he's a silkie, he's probably only like 2-3 lbs and that won't damage feathers as badly as a roo that is 4-5x his weight since all feathers are made of the same material. And all roo's are different.
  9. Jashdon

    Jashdon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2008
    Snohomish, WA
    was that a sarcastic remark mahonri?
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2008

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