I ordered 16 chicks from Ideal and they are now 9 weeks old. I have 4 white leghorns (2 males, 2 females) and I *had* 12 bantys, but am now down to just 8 (we figured out that our dog has a taste for poultry). The little stinker managed to eat 4 banty hens one night. But here's my problem, I have 12 chickens total, but 8 are roosters I love them all and I don't really want to get rid of any of them, but is it really feisable to have such an unbalanced ratio of males to females?? I'd like to have some eggs this spring and would like my bantys to hatch some chicks for us. Do I need to thin out my roosters? :| Please be gentle with me! This is my first experience owning and raising chickens Oh and who knew you could love little birds this much!