Rooster to Hen ratio

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by imaleomom, Apr 19, 2009.

  1. imaleomom

    imaleomom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2008
    Background : I found some cheap hatching eggs for sale on craigslist. I'd really like to give myself a leg up in all possible ways for the next pile of eggs that will go into the incubator, so even if I'm not spending a lot money, I'd still like the lot of them to be fertile.

    The seller said that he has 2 roosters to 20-30 hens. That seems like a low ratio to me.

    What do you guys think? For optimal fertility in hatching eggs what would be a good rooster:hen ratio?
  2. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    Ive heard anywhere from 1 roo to 8 to 12 hens. If hes got 30 hens and 2 roos, that is really pushing it, but 2 roos and 20 hens is about right.
  3. Lollipop

    Lollipop Chillin' With My Peeps

    I agree. I/10 is about right. 1/12 is pushing it.........Pop
  4. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

    Aug 24, 2008
    Southern Ohio
    Depend on breeds, but most 10 hen max per rooster. more like 8.

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