Ratio of Roos to Hens

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by 2manyhats, Jun 4, 2008.

  1. 2manyhats

    2manyhats Songster

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    Not sure which forum to put this in (first posted question - hope I get this right). I am setting up a new flock of chickens. How many hens per roo is a good ratio. I want good fertilization, but would like to keep the fighting to a minimum.
     
  2. nccountrygirl

    nccountrygirl Songster

    Jul 31, 2007
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    1 roo to 10 hens is the norm
     
  3. 2manyhats

    2manyhats Songster

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    Thanks! I thought that was about it, but wasn't quite sure. Is there a trick to keeping the fighting to less than blood shed?
     
  4. nccountrygirl

    nccountrygirl Songster

    Jul 31, 2007
    Sanford N.C.
    How many roos do you have is the first ? If you have enough hens for more than 1 roo they should be fine. Just keep an eye out for fighting and if you see that separate the roos.
     
  5. 2manyhats

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    Thanks again. Iwill have 25-30 hens. So will need 2-3 roos.
     
  6. kirkster5

    kirkster5 In the Brooder

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    I got 6 chicks(were supposed to be all girls) and one turned out to be a very handsome Roo!! I really dont want more hens at this time so in reading the above posts about 1 roo to 10 hens will I have a problem with only 5? They are about 11 weeks old now and all seem to get along very well.
     
  7. 2manyhats

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    No problem with 1 to 5 ratio. Only a problem when you have too few hens for more than 1 roo.
     
  8. kirkster5

    kirkster5 In the Brooder

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    Thanks.
    I didn't want to part with him. He is my Wifes favorite.
     

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