Ratio of Roosters to Hens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by cluckcluckgirl, Jan 15, 2013.

  1. cluckcluckgirl

    cluckcluckgirl Queen of the Coop Premium Member

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    I have 12 hens and 1 rooster. I forgot how many hens a rooster could manage, so how many can a roo manage?
     
  2. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Depends entirely on what you're going for, fertility of hatching eggs should be about 10 hens to 1 rooster, but if that's not an issue for you, you could have one very happy rooster with 50 or a 100 hens.

    Flock protection for free ranging birds might need a couple of roosters or more, if you have more than 20 birds.
     
  3. cluckcluckgirl

    cluckcluckgirl Queen of the Coop Premium Member

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    I would like the rooster(s) to protect my girls and fertilize eggs.
     
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Your ratio is fine.
     

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