Too many Roos?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by catw0man, Sep 20, 2011.

  1. catw0man

    catw0man Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a small flock of only 4. We definently have 2 Roos and I now anther one has started to crow. I actually thought this little red one was a hen, but it's now trying to crow.
    Is this a sign that it is a Roo or do chickens imitate each other? I've also read that some hens crow. Is this true?

    With possibly 3 Roos, I need to get more hens. Should I seperate the Roos so they have their own harems or let them decide how to handle it?

    Thank for your advice.
     
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    If your chicken is trying to crow, then most likely, it's a rooster, BUT you are right. Occasionally, a hen will crow, but it's pretty rare. If those two grew up together, then just let them hash it out. They might get along just fine.
     
  3. saladin

    saladin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It depends on the breed, amount of space, and number of hens as to whether they need to be separated or not.
     
  4. JodyJo

    JodyJo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    1 roo to 9 hens...you do the math....(that is what suggested at least...)
     
  5. Phenomenon

    Phenomenon Out Of The Brooder

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    3 roos to one hen...me thinks a few more hens are needed and fast! The farmer at the back of our garden never has less than 10 hens to a cockerel for obvious reasons.
     
  6. duckinnut

    duckinnut Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:X2 3 roos and 1 hen,good grief!!![​IMG] She will never get any peace. [​IMG]
     
  7. catw0man

    catw0man Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:I am going to get 2 or 3 more hens and I want to get some that are already laying, (since mine have not laid any eggs yet and, well,. . . . . 3 of them are Roos !!!!!) [​IMG]

    How long should I keep the new ones away from the others, to prevent any spread of disease?

    Thanks for all the advice.
     
  8. Noymira

    Noymira Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I am going to get 2 or 3 more hens and I want to get some that are already laying, (since mine have not laid any eggs yet and, well,. . . . . 3 of them are Roos !!!!!) [​IMG]

    How long should I keep the new ones away from the others, to prevent any spread of disease?

    Thanks for all the advice.

    30 days is suggested for quarantine, plus you should check the condition of the birds to make sure they don't have lice/mites or other parasites you'd want to treat before mixing with your other birds.
     

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