Rooster and hen questions.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by wings, Jan 30, 2009.

  1. wings

    wings Songster

    Jan 11, 2009
    I have one rooster and 4 hens. (I will be getting about 5 more soon.) How often will the rooster really hurt the hens when trying to mate? Can he really do a lot of damage? What are the chances of him hurting them? Also, is it bad that there are only four hens for my rooster? Our hens are our main priority, so if he is going to hurt them, we'll eat him!

  2. Chickenaddict

    Chickenaddict Songster

    May 19, 2008
    East Bethel MN
    With only 4 hens they are bound to get a bit beat up from being over mated. You need at least 10 to 12 hens per rooster. I learned that the hard way. It wasn't the roosters fault it was mine for not providing enough hens for him
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2009
  3. mackenziesmomma

    mackenziesmomma In the Brooder

    Jun 7, 2008
    Answered my question from another post. gtk!
  4. tramare

    tramare Hatching

    Nov 3, 2008
    The last post just answered one of my questions. Thankyou. The next would be how long after the rooster arrives in the hen house, mates the hen the same day (obviously a number of times) does the egg that she lays each day become fertile. I know I have to incubate for a number of days before seeing spiders and confirming fertility etc.

    Also please can someone advise whether spurs can be cut ( reduced in size) in an aged but still very active rooster. His are about 3" long and I have just been loaned him.

    A friend just quickly suggested I try kerosene and water mixed together in a spray bottle to try and lesson the mite growth which is very thick around the same roosters legs. Any other suggestions welcomed please

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