Roo to pullet ratio

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by begbfg, Feb 13, 2011.

  1. begbfg

    begbfg Barnyard Beckie

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    Since I'm very new to this I need a lot of advice. My chicks are due to ship 3/20 (expect them on the 21st?). The minimum order was 15 chicks so I picked 5 BSL roos and 10 GSL pullets. Is this too many roos? Will I need to order more pullets? My thinking was that (Lord forbid) I might lose a few the first few days, and I wanted to make sure I had a decent mix. Was my thinking correct?
     
  2. GAchick

    GAchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is about 5 times as many roos as you will need for that number of hens... that being said... order more pullets....!!!!
     
  3. begbfg

    begbfg Barnyard Beckie

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    TY, GAChick! I thought the same! IF my husband will let me, I plan on ordering more pullets![​IMG]
     
  4. colby318

    colby318 got 'dottes?

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    They usually throw a male chick in there as a freebie anyways. Plus, if you read the fine print, sexing is only guaranteed to be 85%-90% accurate. Don't sweat it. You can always sell your extra males at swaps, craigslist or to friends' freezers. Happy farming!![​IMG]
     
  5. begbfg

    begbfg Barnyard Beckie

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    Thank you, colby318! I'm really getting excited about all of this! And I think it's rubbing off on my hubby! If necessary, I can always keep them separated! (The roos and pullets, that is![​IMG])
     
  6. GammaPoppyLilyFlutter

    GammaPoppyLilyFlutter Love Comes with Feathers

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    Quote:Unless they are sex links.

    Yes, GAchick is right. The male to female ratio for chickens should be 1 roo to 8-10 hens. So either you should get more pullets (oops- what a shame! Getting more chickens! [​IMG] ) or get rid of 4 of the cockerels.
     
  7. begbfg

    begbfg Barnyard Beckie

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    Quote:Unless they are sex links.

    Yes, GAchick is right. The male to female ratio for chickens should be 1 roo to 8-10 hens. So either you should get more pullets (oops- what a shame! Getting more chickens! [​IMG] ) or get rid of 4 of the cockerels.

    Ahh. OK. They are sex links. Guess that means I need to see if my cousins could use some more roos! [​IMG]
     
  8. secuono

    secuono Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 32 chickens, about 10-13 are Roos, so...lol.
     
  9. begbfg

    begbfg Barnyard Beckie

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    Quote:Do your roos get along?
     

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