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Rooster per hens?
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CAH    Posted 03-15-2003 at 05:49:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Does anybody keep more than one rooster with their hens. If so, how much will they fight? I want to keep around 30 hens and want their eggs fertile but don't want the roosters going at it to the point of them getting hurt and not being able to fertilize the eggs.

Rusty Jones/ The Mower Man    Posted 03-22-2003 at 08:36:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
Last summer, 2 former city guys (brothers) bought a place near me. They called me one day to look at their mowers, so I went over to see them.
Whilst there, they said they were having trouble with their two roosters fighting. One of the roosters seemed to have the upper edge, what with the smaller one looking like it had been drug under the car for a piece! Big rooster was strutting about, crowing his dang fool head off, the other one gave him a wide berth!
The owners said that they had never fought like that before--what could they do to stop it.
I said it's nature taking its course--either give one away, or have him in for supper one night!
Rusty Jones

Stretch    Posted 03-15-2003 at 07:48:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
In commercial breeding houses it's 10-1. That used to give me about 85% hatching. Right now in my backyard flock I've got 5 roosters and about 12 hens. The roosters make out fine, but some of the hens are getting a little beat up...;o)

Rachel    Posted 03-15-2003 at 06:21:26       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hey Cah, if you keep more than one rooster, they will establish an alpha and omega order. The top guy will do almost all the fertilizing and the bottom guy will sneak some in. They won't fight after the pecking order is established. I have had up to 10 roosters after a hatching for several months (til we canned the noisy extras) and they mainly strut and argue and crow to see who's the biggest and baddest. Except for the noise, it isn't a problem. Usually I keep 2 roosters, one younger so that the fertility is always top notch. Hope this helps, Rachel on Hobohill

CAH    Posted 03-15-2003 at 11:25:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks Stretch & Rachel, that does help.

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