# of rooster to # of hens - Homesteading Today
Homesteading Today

Go Back   Homesteading Today > Livestock Forums > Poultry


Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Rate Thread
  #1  
Old 07/21/11, 05:44 PM
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Michigan
Posts: 132
# of rooster to # of hens

I have another begginer question for anyone that can help. Now that my chickens are getting old enough to tell there sex. It apears that I have quite a mixed flock. I want to take the time to tell what I have or think I have then I will ask for some advice.

1 Belgian D Uccle (Bantam Hen)
1 Hamburg (Bantam Hen)
2 Langshans or Hungarian Yellows (Standards 1 Hen, 1 Rooster)
1 Plymouth Rock (Rooster)
2 Rhode Islands Reds (1 Hen, 1 Rooster)
2 Wyandottes (1 Hen, 1 Rooster)
1 other (Bantam hen)
1 other (Bantam Rooster)
2 White Ducks (Don't know sexes yet)

Now from what I have learned so far I have way to many roosters for the number of hens I have. I really do not want to grow my flock right now until I see how everything goes. I am sure when they get to breeding age there will be fights, and bald hens. I do not want either of these. So do I need to put a couple roosters in the freezer? Or will they be fine? What Rooster should I keep for the best protection for the flock? Or what roosters should I keep for cross breeding with the said hens if I choose to do so. The neighbor has everything set up for hatching eggs and said I am welcome to use the facitities if I want. 1 thing I have learned, DO NOT buy chickens fron Tractor Supply. They tell you they are all females and they are not.

__________________

Last edited by rmest; 07/21/11 at 06:10 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 07/21/11, 06:43 PM
Ravenlost's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: MS
Posts: 24,562

If I counted right you have six hens and five roosters. You only need one rooster! Watch the roosters and see which one has the best personality...you don't want a mean rooster! Also watch to see which rooster takes care of the hens, finding bugs for them, letting them eat first, etc. That's the one you want to keep.

__________________
I'm running so far behind I thought I was first!

http://hickahala.blogspot.com/
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 07/21/11, 06:50 PM
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Michigan
Posts: 132

So this weekend I will keep a very close eye on them. basicly what I want is the most mellow rooster out of the bunch. The Plymouth Rock at this point seem to be the big man on campus. Him and the langshans rooster have been at each other lately. Is it because they are seeing who will be king of the flock? the other two seem as if they don't care about anything. No fighting at all. The poor little bantam rooster is always being picked on by someone. The hard part will be convincing the wife that we only need one and the others need to go. She don't want me to butcher any of her chickens, but I think with what I have there are to many factors for disaster.

__________________

Last edited by rmest; 07/21/11 at 06:54 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 07/22/11, 09:07 AM
PrincessFerf's Avatar
Enter farm name here
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 1,497

I have two roosters and 26 hens. I like that ratio just fine for my coop.

__________________

Nerds on a nano-farm - since 2005

There are 10 types of people in the world. Those who understand binary and those who don't.

Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 07/22/11, 09:15 AM
mommathea's Avatar  
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Missouri
Posts: 1,817

Well, if you want separate enclosures and have some breeding pairs/trios then you can have 1 roo per enclosure.

__________________
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 07/22/11, 01:57 PM
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 500

I have 8 full sized hens and one full sized roo. 1 bantam hen and 1 bantam roo. This works out okay, but could probably use a few more hens in the ratio.

__________________
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 07/22/11, 02:37 PM
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Central New York
Posts: 572

We have 24 standard size hens, and 2 roosters. One is mixed white, one buff orpington.
Which is the approximate ratio I would like to keep.

Then we have 6 roosters at 3.5 months old, and would like to keep 1 of them.
So the extras have to be sold or put in freezer. I have 5 young Americanas I would like to sell and the adult buff orpington. My son has the brother to the orpington, so if I need a rooster that breed, I can borrow his. I have the extra roosters currently on craigslist with pictures if anyone wants a link PM me. Sorry I won't ship them.

We have 3 younger groups of 33 birds total, in the growing pens, from our own hatches. I won't be keeping any roosters from those, only the pullets. So that will increase our hen/pullet numbers, but I will only have 2 roosters total.

Sooooooooooooo........
if you can, build bachelor pen/s for the extra roosters, if you want more purebreds.
You can run all your girls in one coop. They don't need the stress from all the extra males.
Or you can keep one standard size rooster and one banty maybe.

__________________
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 07/22/11, 05:29 PM
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Michigan
Posts: 132
Quote:
Originally Posted by mommathea View Post
Well, if you want separate enclosures and have some breeding pairs/trios then you can have 1 roo per enclosure.
No can do. They are not in any enclosure. They are strictly free range from here on out. The only time they are locked up is at night.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 07/22/11, 05:35 PM
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Michigan
Posts: 132
Quote:
Originally Posted by ladytoysdream View Post
We have 24 standard size hens, and 2 roosters. One is mixed white, one buff orpington.
Which is the approximate ratio I would like to keep.

Then we have 6 roosters at 3.5 months old, and would like to keep 1 of them.
So the extras have to be sold or put in freezer. I have 5 young Americanas I would like to sell and the adult buff orpington. My son has the brother to the orpington, so if I need a rooster that breed, I can borrow his. I have the extra roosters currently on craigslist with pictures if anyone wants a link PM me. Sorry I won't ship them.

We have 3 younger groups of 33 birds total, in the growing pens, from our own hatches. I won't be keeping any roosters from those, only the pullets. So that will increase our hen/pullet numbers, but I will only have 2 roosters total.

Sooooooooooooo........
if you can, build bachelor pen/s for the extra roosters, if you want more purebreds.
You can run all your girls in one coop. They don't need the stress from all the extra males.
Or you can keep one standard size rooster and one banty maybe.
Well since I have 3 bantam hens. That will allow me to keep my bantam rooster. Now I just need to figure out what standard rooster I want to keep. The other 3 will need to go in the rotisserie. Best way to cook chicken as far as I am concerned.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 07/22/11, 07:26 PM
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Indiana
Posts: 2,374

It might help your wife to see the wisdom of culling once the chickens get older and the hens are getting picked on to the point that they even shy away from their waterer if there are roosters nearby. And there will always be roosters nearby! (We will be butchering at our house Monday morning.)

__________________
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 07/24/11, 07:37 PM
KSALguy's Avatar
Lost in the Wiregrass
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: S.E.Alabama
Posts: 8,427

the bantam rooster will be fine to keep, sence they are free range its not as bad as it could be, each hen has the option of getting away and following her rooster of choice, this helps keep the peace and protect the hens but you still have alot of roosters even by my standards, i would keep the langshan probably as long as he has a good personality and is nice to look at,

__________________
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 07/24/11, 10:17 PM
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 467

12:1 is a standard hen:roo ratio. But, keep 1 bantam roo for the bantam hens. Personally, I would not keep standards and bantams together, as you could end up with damaged hens, or an undesirable gene pool. (Or most likely a dead bantam roo.)

__________________
Reply With Quote
Reply



Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:52 PM.