will i need a roo

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by andy, May 14, 2007.

  1. andy

    andy Songster

    May 7, 2007
    hi ive got 2 rir in point of lay that i got over a week ago,and ive got the chicken bugg so i want to expand my flock..im currently building a coop 6ft x 5ft by 6ft high..i would like to buy some fertile eggs and an incubater off the net.and.i would like to know ,will my new hens after hatching need to have been mated with a roo{ just once }for them to start laying or do they just lay eggs? also i would eventually like 6 chickens in total is 6x5ft run with a raised house large enough..thank yu
  2. chrissieg

    chrissieg Songster

    The girls will do it for themselves! [​IMG] A cockerel is a luxury!
  3. Critter Crazy

    Critter Crazy Songster

    Apr 19, 2007
    Binghamton, NY
    Hens lay eggs with or without Roosters. If you hatch eggs, you will more than likely get a couple boys. so If you dont want any boys, it woul be easier to just buy sexed chicks. But if you would like some boys, or know of someone that would take them off your hands go for it!

    as far as the run goes, you should have at least 3-4 feet per bird.
  4. ChrissyNC

    ChrissyNC In the Brooder

    Mar 7, 2007
    Richlands, NC
    Wish you were closer, I have seven RIR boys that I need to find new homes for. [​IMG]
    Last edited: May 14, 2007

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