2 or 3 chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by vermontgal, Mar 17, 2009.

  1. vermontgal

    vermontgal Songster

    I have a very small flock of 3 chickens, almost 9 months old - 2 BR and 1 Prod. Red. I had 4 until my EE died unexpectedly last week (heart attack?).

    NOW this is not the time of year that it is easy to resist getting chicks. [​IMG]

    Calculating carefully, I just have space in my coop for 5! [​IMG]

    My question is this - I'd ideally like to add 2 chicks. However, if one of them should die, the solo remaining chick would get very lonely. So I am thinking about getting 3. Assuming everyone makes it until winter, I would need to rehome one or two before winter cooping-up.

    Advice on 2 vs 3?

    I really liked my EE. She had a nice personality, and I liked her green eggs. If I just get 2 chicks, I would do two EE. If 3 chicks, it will be 2 EE and 1 SLW.

    The chicks can stay in a brooder and then the chicken tractor until they are big enough to be with the hens. The hens will have the winter coop and a run.
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Get 3. You could always sell one later?
  3. ChickenPalace

    ChickenPalace In the Brooder

    Agreed - or just make a bigger coop. This is what I needed to do [​IMG]
  4. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Crowing

    When it comes to chickens, more is better. [​IMG]
  5. vermontgal

    vermontgal Songster

    Unfortunately, what I would do is get a bigger yard (harder to expand than a coop). And I love my house, not planning to move. [​IMG]

    I am not going to be good at getting rid of chickens!

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