should i keep two roosters together with only 7 hens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by nickrex98, Jul 27, 2011.

  1. nickrex98

    nickrex98 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    only two of my hens will be used for breeding if i have all the chickens together will i still most likely get pure breeds(oh by the way this question right there is my second question, my first question was in the subject)[​IMG]
     
  2. andalusn

    andalusn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    More than likely your hens well be chased no end by the two roosters. Usually flocks of multiple roosters have about double the hen count. It could get pretty crazy at your place and the hens roosting up high to get away from the roosters. It will be pretty hard on them. Standard rule of thumb is 1 rooster/8 hens.
     
  3. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    The only way you get purebred chicks is if both the parents are purebreds of the same breed.

    So without knowing what breeds your chickens are, nobody can tell you if you will get purebred chicks or not.

    If only 2 of the hens are to be used for breding, do you have a way to distinguish their eggs from the rest of the eggs?
     
  4. nickrex98

    nickrex98 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ok i have 3 black australorp hens and 3 ee hens and one mystery chick 1 black australorp roo and 1 ee roo. they will all be kept together
     
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  5. andalusn

    andalusn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:If the two purebred birds are hens what breed is the rooster? He would either need to be EE or Australorp which means only one hen can produce a purebred egg for hatching....all others would be crosses or barnyard mutts. Still nice birds, just not purebred.
     
  6. andalusn

    andalusn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:All hens will be covered by both roosters so there is no way to say any would be purebred for sure.
     
  7. M.sue

    M.sue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree with the previous poster......1 Roo for 8 hens. Yours girls will not be happy with two guys!! Plus the 2 Roos may become combative/territorial with each other. My thoughts......get more hens or get rid of a Roo. Everyone will be happy!!
     
  8. nickrex98

    nickrex98 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    well does it matter if the roos grew up together
     
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