Rooster to Hen Ratios...Please look! I need advice.

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by WRVgirl, Nov 28, 2012.

  1. WRVgirl

    WRVgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How many Hens should you have per Rooster, to make sure the flock is completely covered?

    I have 7 Hens and wanted to know if 2 Roosters is enough, too many, not enough?

    I've got no idea how it works...and I'm still pretty new to all of this.

    I definitely have one Rooster right now. A big, pretty splash. He's not aggressive, and seems not to realize that he's in charge. The Cochin hen still manages all the babies...even though the Roo is bigger than she is. I want friendly Roosters, because mean Roosters will end up in my belly.

    But I want to have enough time to handle and pick the right boys for my flock [the babies are 6 weeks old now so I have plenty of time]

    Thanks everyone!
     
  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    If your present rooster is healthy and active, he'll have no problem covering 7 hens. Adding another rooster with only 7 hens would simply create problems.
     
  3. WRVgirl

    WRVgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you.
     
  4. WRVgirl

    WRVgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    But if I start adding more hens [which I'm sure will happen in the spring!]

    At what size/number of hens, would I have to add a second Roo.

    I'll be selling hatching eggs and want to ensure that I don't sell any duds.
     
  5. Smoochie

    Smoochie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would double the hens for another rooster.. Or buy two more roosters and keep them in their own pen. Come breeding time put them each with a couple hens in separate breeding pens. I would probably just keep a young cockerel from next season as adult roosters rarely get along.
     
  6. WRVgirl

    WRVgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh good! My husband is chomping at the bit to eat one of those chickens...but I just don't have the heart. I love those chickens like they are family.
     
  7. WRVgirl

    WRVgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe next season I'll give him a rooster :)
     

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