solution for 4roos with 4 hens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by wildorchid053, Sep 22, 2009.

  1. wildorchid053

    wildorchid053 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 12, 2009
    syracuse area, ny
    well since the chickens were a gift from grandaughter and all named we couldn't get rid of at first we built our main coop and run...


    well now everyone is 5 mos and the poor hens are running for their lives.. they are fine so far.. no blood but i am afraid for them so this is what we have been doing this weekend.. we put on an addition...

    now the question is i only have 4 hens in an 8x8. should i put one roo with them.. they are very frantic when they can't find one? or will this cause fights between the roos? they all get along fine together just too much mating. or should i keep the 4 roos in their own coop now?
  2. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Your addition looks great! If I was in your shoes, I'd put one roo with the girls (the friendliest/most gentle). As for the others, it would depend on whether they're fighting or not among one another. If they are you're going to have get rid of them, unless you're plan is to expand with a LOT more hens... But maybe the other three will get along well...
  3. wildorchid053

    wildorchid053 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 12, 2009
    syracuse area, ny
    we do plan on adding lots more hens since i now have coop room... but not till spring
  4. The Chicken People

    The Chicken People Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2009
    Smithville, Mo
    Nice set up! I really like it! We are expanding our flock in the spring as well! I cant wait!
  5. lurky

    lurky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    I agree, you will need a lot more hens for all those roosters............then you will probably need more coop and run space as well.
    I know a poultry guy that has a huge farm, he takes my extra roosters. He is going to the scaticote (sp) fair in a week or 2 and he would take the extra roosters off your hands if you can get the kids to understand that too many roosters will hurt the hens. Those hens are probably going to be in rough shape soon.
    I think it is suggested to have 10 hens per rooster.
  6. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    If you keep three or all four of the roosters in a bachelor pad, they will get along as well as hens get along. But once you separate them, you are taking a serious risk ever trying to introduce them back with the hens unless you only keep one rooster with the hens at any time.

    Very nice set-up, by the way.

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