Rooster - hen ratio

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by reallemons1, Apr 20, 2008.

  1. reallemons1

    reallemons1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A teacher friend asked me for some fertile eggs to hatch in her kindergarden class. I have 27 hens and a 1 year old EE roo and a 3-4 year old bantum roo. Most of the hens are 3 year old White Rocks and EEs, a few are younger, a few are older. She needs them in a week. How many hens to the roosters should I put together to in sure the eggs are fertile? She is excited about getting a mixed variety of chicks from different color eggs and already has a home for them.

    Thanks, Lisa
     
  2. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    I like 9 to 12 hens in with my rooster when looking for good fertility....
     
  3. reallemons1

    reallemons1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, I'll seperate out about half of the girls tonight. By the way I've been on this forum about a month and apperciate your advice. I've had chickens about 40 years now and always learn something new.
     

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