keeping a rooster

trisha_51(5 Nebraska)September 28, 2013

I was going to butcher all the roosters, but have heard that I should keep one to 'watch over' the hens. I'm not interested in fertile eggs, but wonder if one rooster can guard 34 hens or if I should keep two roosters. What do you think?

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Sumatra(6)

Sure, 1 rooster could guard 34 hens if he happens to be in the right place at the right time, but this isn't always the case. 1 rooster for every 15-20 hens is best, and your flock could probably use another.

That said, how a rooster guards is flock has a lot to do with their breeding and temperament, so choose wisely.

    Bookmark   September 28, 2013 at 5:02AM
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dunwaukin(Ontario 5b)

My history with roosters is that 1 is good, 2 are enemies, and 3 or more learn to get along. In other words, the testoserone between 2 is usually lethal to one. But a whole bunch seem to work out a system of getting along.

    Bookmark   September 29, 2013 at 9:06PM
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goldenvalley

According to me you should keep them.

    Bookmark   October 17, 2013 at 9:00AM
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