To move a NON favourite hen or not?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by kstavert, Sep 13, 2013.

  1. kstavert

    kstavert In the Brooder

    I have a couple of chicken runs...

    one is small - with a NewHampshire
    Red Roo and two hens....

    It is obvious that the roo favours
    only one of the hens...

    the one that he favours seems to only
    lay MALE eggs - since every single
    NH Red egg I've incubated has
    resulted in a NHR Roo ;(

    I am making a separate area
    to house some hens and another
    young NR Roo...and am considering
    moving the NON favoured hen
    in with these other birds...

    Other than the fact that they will
    fight amongst each other to
    establish their pecking order,
    would it be a mistake to move
    this NH Red hen?

    The three birds in the small run
    do just fine... and, I'd really like
    to see if I can hatch some more
    NH Red birds that are NOT roos

    input greatly appreciate...thanks
  2. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road

    Nov 7, 2012
    I would double check your genetics. In the feeble recesses of my mind, I'm thinking that chickens are not like people in their sexing genetics. I'm not sure, but I think it's the hen that determines the male/female ratio. If your trio are constantly throwing all males, you definitely need to shake things up a bit. Some research here might tell you which way to go. Good luck.

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