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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by MrsCountryChick, Jul 7, 2008.
I mean how many Cockerels to Pullets? ...for a good Roo over Hens ratio for Good Fertility later?
Do you mean like a chance that the egg may be cockerel/pullet, like a 50/50 chance, I have always wondered that also!
I've been told 1 roo for every 8-10hens. Gotta kinda play it by ear though since it somewhat depends on the temperament of your roos.
I have 11 hens and one happy roo who stays very busy! He is a stud though. My grandmother told me one roo for every dozen hens. She raised chickens for a living back in the good ole' days. Good luck!
Yea I was meaning for the gender for a small flock. I too heard mostly people have 1 roo for about 8 hens. I mean I wouldn't wanna have the roo running them ragged. But if I wanted say 10 to 12 hens would 2 roos be too much? I know that fertility is still kinda a hit & miss, & even with 7 or 8 hens the egg fertility can still be medocre. Roos can have their favorites too I've heard of. Plus if you have nice looking roos that hatch why not keep two incase one would say get injured & need to be removed from the flock & given care for awhile to heal. I've never had problems with roos living together when they were raised together in larger flocks or pens. But have heard bad stories of hens being really beaten from roos & just wondered what anyone thought of a small flock ratio. Thanks for info