rooster/hen ratio

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by jenson2003, Jan 5, 2016.

  1. jenson2003

    jenson2003 Out Of The Brooder

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    so im getting chickens and the coop ive got only holds five medium birds
    i want a rooster so would a hen saddle be ok so that the rooster isnt
    stressing the hens and ruining there coat i found some really nice saddles
    and i really would like to breed as i have an 8 year old brother who would love to
    show him the life cycle of the chicken.
    if you have any info please tell me what i can do
    thanks in advance[​IMG]
     
  2. nchls school

    nchls school Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Many roosters are fine with four hens. Some breeds are more aggressive with hens than others. I do not often see my rooster mating and the eggs are fertile. What with brooding, my rooster frequently has only one or two hens with him; all are in good feather.
     
  3. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    It wouldn't hurt to get a couple saddles. Wait till you see some wear and tear so you can use them on the rooster's favorite hens.
     
  4. jenson2003

    jenson2003 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks im gonna try that and i think the rooster would be mad for all the girls though as there is only four birds
    not 12 so im gonna get a few extra so that if a few saddles get broken i can replace them quickly
     
  5. jenson2003

    jenson2003 Out Of The Brooder

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    this website has some of the best help out thanks
     
  6. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    When I have low ratios in flocks, I usually only see one or two hens with wear and tear.
     
  7. jenson2003

    jenson2003 Out Of The Brooder

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    ok btw is there any breed that suites this description:
    A) very good layer
    B)small/medium
    C)cheap to buy
    D)hybrid
     
  8. nchls school

    nchls school Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Some of the bantam/bantam mixes can be fairly good layers and fit your other requirements.

    I have kept cochin bantams in pairs without the hen suffering from to much attention. My serama roosters are gentle with their hens also. I am sure there are other breeds where the roosters are similar.
     
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