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Why am I even thinking of adding to my flock?

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My status is that I'm new as a chicken owner and I've loved it from the beginning ..... I have 9 RIR pullets and 2 RIR roosters that are 18 weeks old and I'm just beginning to get one egg a day .... so, I'm thrilled.

 

For a long time though I've been wanting to add to my flock. I've free ranged these birds without incident but I know it's possible. So, I could add another 10 pullets ... keep them under a light until they are ready, then free range them from the beginning. I would just need to build protected roosts for them.

 

Or, I could keep the chicks in the 16x8 pen ... I'd have to build protected roosts and laying boxes anywhere. I can provide a heat light for them in the pen.

 

I think I'll add these birds but as I can only use about one dozen eggs/week I'm really not sure why I'm adding.

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Lol i believe you are a chicken acholohic lol. I cant say anything through we have 23 hens 4 are laying and six more are getting ready to start and we just added 6more. We go through alot of eggs through. Six just at breakfast and more if i frie or bake later that day.
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My status is that I'm new as a chicken owner and I've loved it from the beginning ..... I have 9 RIR pullets and 2 RIR roosters that are 18 weeks old and I'm just beginning to get one egg a day .... so, I'm thrilled.

 

For a long time though I've been wanting to add to my flock. I've free ranged these birds without incident but I know it's possible. So, I could add another 10 pullets ... keep them under a light until they are ready, then free range them from the beginning. I would just need to build protected roosts for them.

 

Or, I could keep the chicks in the 16x8 pen ... I'd have to build protected roosts and laying boxes anywhere. I can provide a heat light for them in the pen.

 

I think I'll add these birds but as I can only use about one dozen eggs/week I'm really not sure why I'm adding.

That's 'chicken math'.   :D

I've fought it hard, had too many this spring and its a pain when they get crowded and not good for them.

 

This is your first year, wait until you've been thru a winter, then maybe add some in the spring.

You don't have your location posted, but winter can be rough and free range often doesn't help with extra space if you're in a harsh winter climate.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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