Ratio of Roos to Hens

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

  1. 2manyhats

    2manyhats Chillin' With My Peeps

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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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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

    2manyhats Chillin' With My Peeps

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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 Chillin' With My Peeps

    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

    2manyhats Chillin' With My Peeps

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

    kirkster5 Out Of 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

    2manyhats Chillin' With My Peeps

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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 Out Of The Brooder

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

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