Rooster, chicken head feathers.

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So atm, got a rooster who the chooks like, they don't run away from him ect, he seems to be making a few of the girls lose feathers on there head tho... All up we have 10 chooks, one rooster, however five of these girls r still to young for us to let them out with the rest of the flock, almost ready. Is this just a numbers game and when we let the others out he will have more to deal with? Or... What.
 

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Loss of head feathers during mating has more to do with technique than numbers.

Numbers don't mean squat.

The 'rooster' to hen ratio of 1:10 that is often cited is primarily for fertility efficiency in commercial breeding facilities.
It doesn't mean that if a cockbird has 10 hens that he won't abuse or over mate them.
Many breeders keep pairs, trios, quads, etc ....short term and/or long term.
It all depends on the temperaments of the cock and hens and sometimes housing provided.
Backyard flocks can achieve good fertility with a larger ratio.
 

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