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#69820 - 01/20/07 08:32 AM Rooster Logic Question

If I ran Speckled Sussex, Red Star and Pearl White Leghorn hens and wanted the Sussex to sit (the other two are not reportedly broody) - would I only need one Sussex rooster per eight Sussex hens?

I have never ran several different breeds together before.

#69821 - 01/20/07 09:22 AM Re: Rooster Logic Question
CJR Offline
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Registered: 07/16/02
Posts: 8499
Loc: Montana
You will not get just Sussex chicks unless you keep the one breed separated. And then, you only need a couple of hens for enough fertile eggs for replacements. The crosses of Red Star and White Leghorns will not especially be good for meat, nor as good layers as their dams, but they will hatch and be attractive. Hbve fun, CJR

#69822 - 01/20/07 10:19 AM Re: Rooster Logic Question
Fleta Offline
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Registered: 10/24/06
Posts: 157
Loc: Arkansas
a rooster can cover 8 hens easily. some say 9 or 10 hens. i prefer 8 hens to the rooster.

#69823 - 01/20/07 12:57 PM Re: Rooster Logic Question

CJR/All - would you advise building a (coop) 4x10 section for separate breeding/sitting/brooding; a 4x10 for feed, pass thru etc. in the middle and a meat and egg section of 10x10 at the other end, and have two separate runs? Or something similar. I don't want to build too small or forget anything.


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