Too many Roos?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Lil Chickie Mama, Apr 1, 2009.

  1. Lil Chickie Mama

    Lil Chickie Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't have any chicks yet, but I am getting ready to order day olds. How many roos in a coop is too much? I am ordering about 20 or so baby birdies total. If the roos grow up together does it make a difference? I want about 3 roos to protect my girls, that would be 5 or 6 girls for each roo. Will they just develop pecking order like the girls or will they always fight? Help, before I order.
     
  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    1 roo for every 12 or so hens is the rule. We have one roo and 16 hens and we would not get more for him. I think he is stretched....
     
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    I have 14 hens and one rooster. He's covering them all. I think you'd do fine with one rooster, but if you can handle it emotionally you might order two and then keep the one that turns out to be the better rooster.
     
  4. melissastraka

    melissastraka Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 50 hens and 5 roos. They are all happy together
     
  5. katrinag

    katrinag Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have 5 roos for about 50 girls. They have leared who is top dog. Just like the hen pecking order roos have there own.
    If you notice that the roos are to much for the girls you can always have them for supper.
     
  6. chickenfever

    chickenfever Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have one roo for eleven girls at the moment and works well. If I were you I would do no more than 2 roos, any more than that and it's hard on the girls and the roos will peck each other a bit and maybe fight.
     
  7. Littlecimarron18

    Littlecimarron18 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have about 12 roos right now and about 150 hens. the roos tear each other up and tear my girls up.. this sunday i will be back down to 1 roo.
     
  8. chickenfever

    chickenfever Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Also wanted to add that you may end up with an extra roo anyway. Sexing is not always 100% accurate.
     
  9. Grant6411

    Grant6411 RIP Steven

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    OMG you guys are diff. than me.

    my rule is 1 hen= 1 rooster
     
  10. Lil Chickie Mama

    Lil Chickie Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks to all who have replied! Oh, and you're right ChickenFever, I forgot that sexing is only 90% accurate as claimed by the site I'm ordering from. I think I'll only order one male as I think that the Phoenix males are so pretty. Beyond that, I'll just see what I get.

    I'm so excited! CHICKENS!!!! [​IMG]
    My husband thinks I'm certifiable!
     

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