- Apr 7, 2012
What are some guidelines to go by when deciding on which roo to keep to manage 4 hens?
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Or invest in saddles for your hens.Temperment is THE most important factor here. First, he has to understand humans are boss. All humans, all the time. Sharp learning curve here.
How he treats the hens is next. This is hard to eval during puberty, they're just horndogs. But a roo that calls the girls for food or treats, breaks up fights, escorts them into the roost, snuggles with them at night and drops a wing in courtship is a keeper.
Then you get into breeds, looks, etc. I won't keep the prettiest roo in the world if he's mean to me or the hens. That's far down my list of criteria.
Four hens isn't much for one roo, you might need extra hens or a place to seperate the roo if the hens start showing wear and tear and need a break from the lovin'. You'll have to be vigilant for signs of overmating--bald backs, screaming or running from the roo, etc.