Maybe you can ask your neighbor if she is interested in ordering chicks, and add your 3 that you want to her order!Unless I add on to my coop again next spring, I have room for at most 3 more birds, going by the 4 sf guideline. Right now, I think I can resist adding more birds, though if DH is amenable to adding on to the coop, my resolve will certainly wane.
Once all 6 of my females are laying in the spring, I will have plenty of eggs. I doubt DH will see any need to add onto the flock, and therefore the coop. Sigh.
I can understand that reasoning too. My neighbor has 35 pullets, and about 20 of them are laying. She has the egg market on our road sewn up. Her son is going to be taking that over next spring when his birds start laying, and I don't want to mess with a young entrepreneur.
I know, I know, I’m not helping! I have very little willpower.