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Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by jtr, Apr 20, 2012.

  1. jtr

    jtr Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 6, 2011
    how many roosters do you need per 20 hens
  2. Lollipop

    Lollipop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Depends, jtr. If you don't want fertile eggs, you don't need any. If you are gonna hatch every egg layed, the rule of thumb is 10/1, so you need 2. If you just like to have a rooster around to control the hens somewhat and watch for flying predators, one will do. Now, if you just want a few fertile eggs from time to time, you can pen your one rooster with a few of your best hens until you get the number of eggs you need, then put them back with the flock. Just depends on what you wanna do.........Pop
  3. WooingWyandotte

    WooingWyandotte Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 25, 2011
    Nor cal
    Depends if you even want a roo, for protection? For chicks? For the heck of it? General rule, as Pop stated, 1 roo to 10 hens. You could have one roo to 20 hens and be fine, but fertility will be low.
  4. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

    Feb 4, 2007
    Leesville, SC
    I'd go with 2.

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