Rooster to hen ratio

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by BAMACK2, Sep 25, 2012.

  1. BAMACK2

    BAMACK2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would like to know how many hens should one rooster be kept with what a good ratio rooster to hens
     
  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    This can depend on many things:

    How many birds are in the flock.

    Will they be free ranging?

    What breeds?

    Also, it will depend on individual bird personality.
     
  3. laws24

    laws24 Out Of The Brooder

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    I am also curious of this. I have 3 roosters and 24 hens I also have a disabled rooster would he affect their laying as well? They are a mixed flock.
     
  4. BAMACK2

    BAMACK2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 1 rooster to 3 hens
    So it's 2 roosters 6 hens in two different pens but I am thinking and wondering if 1 rooster could cover those 6 hens
    Will 1 rooster to 6 hens be ok or should I keep it at 1rooster to 3hens
     
  5. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They say one rooster can cover 10 to 12 hens. That was the ratio in my flock until this years pullets were added. He seemed to cover all the hens well enough. We'll see how he cover the bigger flock.
     
  6. BAMACK2

    BAMACK2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks so much
     

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