Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mylilchix, Jul 12, 2008.

  1. mylilchix

    mylilchix Songster

    How many roos can you actually keep with your flock? I have 4 potential roos, and 2 of them I love dearly. I'd like to try and keep them if at all possible.

    Thanks, Sonja
  2. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2008
    Birnamwood, Wisconsin
    10 to 1 is a good ratio or they over work the poor hens! I would stick to one roo for every 10 girls if you want feathers to STAY on their backs.
  3. jenjscott

    jenjscott Mosquito Beach Poultry

    May 24, 2008
    Southeast Arkansas
    Depends on the breed, size, agressiveness of the roos. Generally, about 1 roo for every 12 hens, but it varies a lot. I got some eggs from someone who had 4 roos in with 7 hens. sheesh, poor hens.
  4. mylilchix

    mylilchix Songster

    Thanks for the good news. We currently have 22 chickens, with 4 roos. We're planning on getting rid of 2 of the roos, so I'll still have 18 hens to the 2 remaining roos. That's good news because the 2 boys I'd like to keep are currently sweethearts!


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