Rooster being a rooster???!?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Tchap, May 26, 2016.

  1. Tchap

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    I have a 15 week old Rhode Island Red rooster with 5 hens the same age and one older hen about a year and a 1/2 and she's definitely the boss. I'm just wondering when my rooster is going to challenge her or even start acting like a rooster??
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

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    Likely 20 -25 weeks. By then, you may need more hens.

    Since they started with this age differential, she may still dominate him for quite a while.
     
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    How many more hens? And what's the rational behind it? I'm pretty new to this
     
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    As well as when will the rooster be full grown?
     
  5. ChickenCanoe

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    RIRs are mature by 20 weeks but roosters may continue to grow for another couple months.

    The rationale is that as a rule of thumb you need 10 hens per rooster for LF and a few more hens for light breeds. I run fewer with each rooster but they end up scratching a lot of feathers off the backs of their favorites.
    If you have bareback hens, you need more hens or occasionally separate the rooster.
     
  6. Tchap

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    Okay thank you so much
     

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