roosters to hens in an egg batch

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by vonny, Aug 10, 2010.

  1. vonny

    vonny In the Brooder

    Jun 15, 2010
    Just wondering is there a rough ratio of hens to roosters born? Might be a silly question but was just wondering if there is a natural selection thing happening where more hens then roosters are born.
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  2. spish

    spish De Regenboog Kippetjes

    Apr 7, 2010
    i dont think there is..... think its just pot luck (well with my chickens it is!)

    my first hatch this year was 6 hens to 4 roos
    2nd hatch was 1 hen to 6 roos
    3rd hatch 3 roos 3hens
    4th hatch (so far fingers crossed looks to be..) 9 hens 2 roos
    5th batch of eggs is due to hatch on the 16th so i'll see then what they are... [​IMG]
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2010
  3. BYC_In_Long_Beach

    BYC_In_Long_Beach In the Brooder

    Jul 30, 2010
    Long Beach, CA
    My Last hatch was 5 hens & 6 roos.
  4. le neige homme

    le neige homme Chirping

    Jul 15, 2010
    Usually it's about 50/50, but sometimes it's roughly half-n-half.
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  5. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Well, I'd much prefer the half-n-half to the 50/50, seems like better odds.

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  6. Chickenfarmer 1-2-b

    Chickenfarmer 1-2-b Songster

    Oct 28, 2009
    I hatch twice, 6 chicks each time. The first batch got 1 hen, 5 roos. The second batch all 6 roos. What is the odds of that. We are enjoying the eggs from our only hen the past 2 wks. I guess things could be worse.
  7. Buttercup Chillin

    Buttercup Chillin Songster

    Oct 27, 2008
    SouthEast TX
    I'm with you greyeyes, I would prefer the half-n-half to 50/50. The half-n-half could have a little give in the numbers, or so it seems after a few glases of wine.

    Seriously, that is the normal, given a large enough and equal hatches to note the difference. However there are some hens that will throw more males or more female chicks. So I try to watch which hens are throwing what. I mostly get males from my Turkens and EE's, which is fine with me. My Sicilian Buttercups are hatched at a larger number, so they are a half n half ratio.
    I have 22 5 week olds in the brooder house and sad to say I still haven't counted to see what is what, at this point it doesn't really mater. I know I have 14 S BC though, so I assume I have around 7 of each. The rest, when they are 14 weeks old, I will choose 2 hens and 1 Roo to keep and cull the rest when they are 16 weeks old or so.

    If you are going to hatch, you will have to keep them all or cull a few. Its that simple.

    Chickenfarmer, soon it will get hot and the molt comes and no eggs. Around here that is for 3 weeks for each breed, that is why I like to keep at least 3 different breeds. You need some more hens, that one is a breeder of males.
  8. eggseroneous

    eggseroneous Songster

    Apr 1, 2010
    South-Western PA
    First hatch this year was 15 hens, 13 roos.
    Second batch 5 hens 7 roos
    Third batch 7 hens, 4 roos.
  9. Bedste

    Bedste Songster

    Aug 17, 2009
    Cut n Shoot Texas
    Can you sex them at hatch or do you have to wait till they crow?
  10. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

    Feb 27, 2008
    Elizabethtown, NC
    It is ideally 50/50. I've had hatches that were in that ideal range, but I've also had all rooster and all hen hatches. Adding ACV to the water is supposed to encourage more female chicks, but I have not tested that theory.

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