# of rooster to # of hens

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  1. rmest

    rmest Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
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  2. Ravenlost

    Ravenlost Well-Known Member Supporter

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    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.
     

  3. rmest

    rmest Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
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  4. PrincessFerf

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

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

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    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.
     
  7. ladytoysdream

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    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.
     
  8. rmest

    rmest Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  9. rmest

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    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.
     
  10. Marilyn

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    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.)
     
  11. KSALguy

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    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,
     
  12. Rusty'sDog

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    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.)