Rooster to hen ratio

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Wyatt0224, Jun 25, 2016.

  1. Wyatt0224

    Wyatt0224 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello everyone! I have a little predicament with my roosters. I have 4 Silkie roosters, a ba roo and an rir roo. Two of the silkies are pretty mean to al the other chickens, (they'll run up to them and pull out their feathers). So we have a total of 6 roosters out of a total of 15 chickens. Do you guys think I should get rid of the mean ones for now and see how the rest go? Also what are some problems if I have this number of roosters with only 9 hens?
     
  2. islandgirl82

    islandgirl82 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Typically the advised ratio is 10:1 . Some roosters do alright with fewer than 10 hens and others need more. It all depends on the individual. You definitely have too many roosters and there are far too many good ones out there to keep a mean one around.
     
  3. Kim Z

    Kim Z Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You may think about starting a bachelor's pen. If the extra roos are separated from the hens they tend to get along just fine together and the hens are relieved.
     
  4. Wyatt0224

    Wyatt0224 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What will happen to the hens if there to many roosters in a flock because I've heard of people saying in the end it only hurts the hens. Also if they're between 16 and 15 weeks old how long do you think until they begin fighting?
     
  5. islandgirl82

    islandgirl82 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The hens will get hurt with that many roosters unless you do separate them as Kim suggested. If they're not fighting already, you've been lucky but it will start soon.
     
  6. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    The Roosters will fight and the Hens wont get any rest for all the attention the Roosters will put on them.
    I keep one Rooster too 10-15 hens.
    Pick a nicer calm Rooster and things will be a lot better.
     
  7. Wyatt0224

    Wyatt0224 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well this morning when I opened the gate my three Silkie roosters all chased around my hens and even my two other roosters. When they would chase them they tried to grab them and when they did they would pull out large tufts of feathers. It looks like they're all molting from the feathers they're pulling out. It got so bad that my 9 week old rir hens went back the ladder into the coop until the roosters calmed down. What should I do?
     
  8. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    As you saw, 6 cockerels and only 9 pullets/hens is not going to work out. Butcher 5, or even all 6, of the males. If you aren't up for processing list them on craigslist. If you don't want to do either of those then build a bachelor pad and lock up the males separately.
     
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  9. CluckerCottage

    CluckerCottage Chillin' With My Peeps

    and 9 week old pullets are NOT ready to be mounted by a rooster.
     
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  10. islandgirl82

    islandgirl82 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes to any of these suggestions or even a combination. Even one adolescent cockerel can wreak havoc on your girls until they settle down and sometimes they never do.
     

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