2 or 3 chicks?

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

  1. vermontgal

    vermontgal Chillin' With My Peeps

    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 Premium Member

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

    ChickenPalace Out Of The Brooder

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

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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

    vermontgal Chillin' With My Peeps

    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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