Rooster/Hen logistics question

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by KTruxillo, Jun 27, 2011.

  1. KTruxillo

    KTruxillo In the Brooder

    Apr 21, 2011
    Breaux Bridge
    We have 17 hens, RIR and red stars, with 5 buff orpinton and 5 barred rocks on the way, We are contemeplating trading friends a hen for a rooster. We are concerned about putting the rooster in with the existing flock and unfertile egg production. We don't want to have to keep seperate flocks if we don't have too but have no idea as to how many hens and how often the roo would mate with. Any tips, pointers or suggestions are gladly welcome.

  2. dianaross77

    dianaross77 Songster

    Oct 10, 2010
    Grand Blanc, MI
    I'm seeing anywhere from 1 rooster to 8 hens to people who have 1 rooster to 20 hens with great fertility. Hens don't have to be bred very often to produce fertile eggs as they can store the semen for quite some time. Hope that helps

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