Rooster or Hen?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by ana2707, Nov 12, 2015.

  1. ana2707

    ana2707 Out Of The Brooder

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    This is my first time raising chickens from baby chicks. These two look different than the rest based on their incoming combs, so what do you think? Hens or roosters?
     
  2. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    How old?
     
  3. ana2707

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    About 9 weeks!
     
  4. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Both are cockerels, then. Male feathering should be start to show up in a few more weeks.
     
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Yep, cockerels.
     
  6. ana2707

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    Thank you for your reply! I was thinking same thing. My next questions is if these are both cockerels then that would mean I have 2 cockerels to 5 hens... Would this be a problem? Most people on this forum seem to get rid of a lot of their cockerels but I know someone who has around 6 cockerels to 9 hens and has no problem..... Does it just depend on the cockerel?
     
  7. ana2707

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    Thank you for your reply! I asked another question about hens to roosters, any input you have on that would be appreciated!
     
  8. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    It really depends on the cockerels. Some boys do just fine with a few girls. Some boys need at least 8, or more. Some will tolerate other males in the flock, and others won't. You'll just have to wait and see what happens once those hormones start flowing. And keep an eye on the girls for signs of stress. Males mature a bit earlier than pullets, and will want to start mating before the girls are ready. It's not a big problem if you have lots of girls and plenty of room for them to get away from the boys. But if your coop and run are on the small side, it might be difficult and stressful for the girls if they are constantly trying to run away from randy teenage cockerels.
     
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    cockerels - sorry. If folks don't need a rooster for fertile eggs - there really isn't a reason to have even more. All they do is harass and rough up hens. The hens give you eggs. Roosters just eat your feed and take up space.
     
  10. Michael OShay

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    Both are cockerels. The recommended ratio of roosters to hens is 1 rooster for every 10 hens. As they mature and their hormones kick in, too many roosters will become very hard physically on your hens; over-breeding them, biting and plucking the feathers from their necks and backs, battering them, and potentially, seriously injuring. The only reason you really need a rooster is to fertilize eggs for hatching, and 1 rooster can easily handle 10-15 hens in this regard.
     

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