OMG, How does it get to this point!!!!!
started out with 6 wyndottes 4years ago. Last year I tried giving a broody hen a doz eggs, got one hatched a Roo of course. the wyndottes had reached the end of laying so I bought 5 pullets and thinned the wyndottes.
So last fall I culled the last of the wyndottes and picked up 3 red sex links to fill out the flock.
This spring I decided to just buy chicks in case the broody was a bust again, so I got 5 day old chicks. Then a hen went broody and I thought I'd give it another try so gave her a doz to sit on. Then a guy at work asked if I wanted 5 chicks raised at the school where his wife works. So of course I said yes!
Well when I picked up the school chicks what was supposed to be 5 turned into 8 and the same day the broody hatched 10 out of 12 eggs. So in the span of a month or so I went from 8 hens and one roo to 31 hens and a roo.
Of course I have a coop that is only 4x8. DOH! CHICKEN MATH REARS IT'S HEAD.
I was able to get rid of a couple of the school chicks to a neighbor and I assume I'll have some roos in the broodies chicks but even thinning half of the 10 will still leave me with 25 birds in a coop built for 8.
We're waiting to see how things shake out but I see either some CL sales or neighbor give aways in my future. Either that or another coop which the wife is against. LOL!