DaisyI said:You only want 1 rooster for every 10 or so hens. The roosters are very territorial and don't share well with other roosters. Unless you want a blood bath, you should choose your favorite rooster and re-home the rest. When you buy chicks, ask for pullets only. Its hard to sex a chick at birth so you will have about 10% roosters anyway. If you buy straight run, you will have half roosters. A good hen will lay eggs about 7 days out of 10 but during molt, they may not lay eggs at all. Also, hens only lay for a couple years before they retire. You will need a plan for extra roosters and retired hens. I always took them to the auction.
Ducks lay eggs only once a year. They also need water to at least wade in or their feet will crack up.
OffGrid said:Thanks yall for the extremely helpful info!!...
I read that if they are kept together from being young they establish a pecking order and they wont really harm each other. Is this true in your experience? What if I keep them separated from the females in a different pen? Will that affect how much they fight because they arent competing for mates?
DaisyI said:Then you need one rooster. He will be one happy bird.
what about inbreeding? If they reproduce from the same rooster over a couple years will that be an issue? Ive seen conflicting results on my own googling