What's your ratio??

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by groleau6, Dec 14, 2014.

  1. groleau6

    groleau6 In the Brooder

    Feb 3, 2014
    I have heard it several ways, but I think it comes down to personal choice. So, what's your ratio of roosters to hens?
  2. Free Feather

    Free Feather Songster

    We do just fine with 1 to 4, but none of the boys are older than ten months.
  3. AmericanMom

    AmericanMom Songster

    Aug 10, 2013
    Disclaimer... Free feather...I am not following you around, you just seem to be posting on all the threads that I actually have experience with [​IMG]

    As far as Hen to Roo ratio... Right now due to a massive molting and only counting the hens laying... 8/1... Once they all come back into lay it will be closer to 15/1

    I have 2 active roosters and around 35 hens
  4. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Crowing

    Nov 12, 2009
    western South Dakota
    I try for 1 to 12...... but seldom am on target, now I have 1 with a layer, a broody hen, 3 point of lay pullets and 4 four week old chicks.
  5. angelfishfan

    angelfishfan In the Brooder

    Aug 23, 2014
    Snohomish, Wa
    Right now I have 20 ladies and two roo's. They seem to get along just fine. I think there are alot of variables. I had two other roosters before, with the same amount of ladies, and all they did was fight with each other.....
  6. Mallory8502

    Mallory8502 Chirping

    Apr 26, 2014
    1 rooster to 14 ladies, but I still have problems with over mating and missing feathers on the backs of a few hens. I think if they were free range all the time then this would not be an issue.
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    This might be highly dependent on what the goal is.....
    ......from breeding highly specified show/pure breed birds to avoiding over mated hens and/or fighting roosters.
    Which in turn will also affect the facilities used to accomplish said goal.
  8. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road

    Nov 7, 2012
    1/15. My hens are all looking fine. He thinks so too! A few of them are missing a couple of feathers on the backs of their heads from him. Mostly, it's the smaller ones. I think he has a harder time hitting the target with them. I don't think I'd carry more than one rooster, even if I had 30 hens. (Perish that thought!) When it comes time to breed, it's easy enough to put him with the selected breeders to ensure fertility. I seldom have an unfertilized egg.
  9. Free Feather

    Free Feather Songster

    I get away with a very small ratio because we free range, and everyone has about eight square feet in the coops. All the males sleep separately, but are together in the day. I only have one hen with a bare back, and she came that way. They have been together like this as long as they have been alive. I am hoping there will be no future issues. The boys may squabble with eachother every so often, but that is pretty normal. The girls are fine.
  10. bbqnmama

    bbqnmama In the Brooder

    Dec 15, 2014
    Front Range
    I've got what may be a silly question on the topic of roosters to hens. I've got 17 hens and one rooster who's pretty well behaved. I've ordered 15 more chicks for spring and while I specified females I know it's quite possible one or two will be roosters. Given the ratios folks are putting out there I should be good on that front (I've also heard 3 roosters are better than 2?!).

    I read that having the roosters sleep In separate quarters is a good thing.

    So my next question is - how do you get the roosters to sleep in separate quarters? Will they just learn that the one coop is there and the other isn't if that's where they stay once they're ready to be moved outdoors?

    Last edited: Dec 15, 2014
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