Why did someone tell me that I have too many roo's???

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Chica Lady, Sep 26, 2012.

  1. Chica Lady

    Chica Lady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My question is "does having too many roos keep them from laying eggs"?

    They only sleep in the coop. They free range every day, all day. They get feed 2X a day. Everyone lives in harmony, except for the occasional minor scuffle. The single hen does give me eggs, but likes to go broody AAAALLLLLOOOOOOOTTTTTT.

    Total 7 male, and 10 female.
    List of who sleeps in the coop
    TOTAL AGE SEX Size
    4 31 w pull std
    4 31 w roo std
    1 1 1/2 yr hen game
    1 1 1/2 yr roo std
    1 30 w roo banty
    2 30 w pull banty
    2 19 w pull std
    1 19 w roo std
    1 14 w F??? Pekin Duck

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  2. TurtlePowerTrav

    TurtlePowerTrav T.K.'s Farm

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    I don't think it will KEEP them from laying, but it could add stress to the girls having that many suiters. And they will probably get bald backs from being mounted often.
     
  3. Chica Lady

    Chica Lady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just saw the big roo try to jump on one of the 19 week pullets. Haven't seen any action from any of the younger roos in a while. Everyone has all their feathers
     
  4. Chica Lady

    Chica Lady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What can I do to get them to start laying??? Still no eggs, not even from the older hen that does lay.
     
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  5. 6littlechicks

    6littlechicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have also heard that to many roos can cause stress for the girls and they can stop laying from any amount of stress. I believe they say you should have at least 5 female per roo, at least. I hope they start laying for you soon. I'm waiting on eggs to.
     
  6. Chica Lady

    Chica Lady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my girls are 32 weeks old today. and what about banties? when do they start laying? I have a couple banties that are 31 weeks old.
     
  7. coffeenutdesign

    coffeenutdesign Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One thing to also consider is the added expense of feeding a roo. Roosters eat a LOT, more than hens and don't give you food back in return. I think the general consensus is 10-12 hens per rooster if possible.
     
  8. coffeenutdesign

    coffeenutdesign Chillin' With My Peeps

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    and are you sure they are not laying? If they free range all day, they might be hiding some somewhere.
     
  9. jak2002003

    jak2002003 Overrun With Chickens

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    Are you sure about this? I find my rooster eat a considerable amount LESS than my hens. The hens eat a lot as they need the energy for the eggs.

    I don't think its a good idea to have that many roosters though. I would get rid of a few - if you are not going to eat them. I find too many roosters will often chase the hens too much and cause some fuss and scuffles with unsettles the hens. I like my birds to be peaceful in a stable flock. I have 7 hens and 2 roosters at the moments and this works fine for me.

    Also the amount of roosters the OP has means that the hens will get tired form all that mating and may suffer by loss of feathers and stress.
     
  10. adgcountrygirl

    adgcountrygirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    My first flock was a straight run flock that I adopted. I had 6 roos and 5 hens. It is not an issue until the hens are old enough to breed. The more mature the hens get, the more agressive some of the roos will get. I re-homed as many roos as I could. You WILL eventually have to either get rid of some roos or get more hens. I tend to like having 1 male for 10 females.

    As for the tough choices you will have to make... watch your flock for awhile before you make your final decisions. Do you like to free range your flock? You might want to keep the rooster that is always looking around while everyone else is dust bathing. Will they spend alot of time in the coop and run? You might want to keep the rooster that is more gentle. It won't be easy because it will have to be what's best for you and your flock. Good luck!!!
     
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