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SusanMo    Posted 08-28-2003 at 09:13:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ok fellow readers i need some advice. My hubby was told the other day that we needed to get some more roosters for our 19 hens. We plan on getting more babies in the spring but i wanted some different varieties, some that will lay really good all year. I also plan on getting some Silkies for show later on. What varieties get along with what i have, the rooster is a barred rock, the hens are brown dont think they are rhode island reds cant remember (danged old age).Also will the roosters hurt the babies that we add later on? or any that may hatch from any of the hens i have? Thanks in advance


SusanMo    Posted 08-28-2003 at 12:28:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
are there any certain roosters that get along well with other roosters or would i be better off getting the same kind as the one i have now when i order in the spring? i try to watch the paper there is always someone giving away roosters and hens but i dont want to get something thats gonna get riled with the others i have already


Tom A    Posted 08-28-2003 at 11:49:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
Depending on which study you see, the recommendation is somewhere between 10 and 20 hens per rooster, so you may be looking at having too many roosters.

We've had several varieties. Dominiques get along with everyone and aren't aggressive towards people or other animals. Same with buff orpington and our auracanas. Actually, the only breed we've had trouble with has been leghorns...they're nasty and agressive and upset our flock, fighting with everthing that movees; we won't have them again.

tom


Stretch    Posted 08-28-2003 at 10:54:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
Used to raise breeders commercially. One rooster to ten hens is plenty. All I have now is a little back yard flock of mixed birds for a few eggs. I have yet to find any variety of rooster that wasn't happy to oblige any variety of hen.

Most of my problems with aggression, either to little ones or hens or even each other-is when we have too many roosters.


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