Hey, so I have a brooder set up for chicks already minus a few little details I am still building but it should all be done in January. I was going to hold off on getting chickens until later (getting some laying pullets from work in February/March when the store gets them in) however I am also going to be getting Silkies and Polish chickens from breeders to keep as pets since we always had a pet chicken (Somba and Tiki) until nature and a stray dog decided we shouldn't have those epic hens anymore. I was thinking of getting a few silkies or Polish now and raising them up so that by the time we get the layer chicks the silkies would already be ready to move outside or in the indoor pen (I convinced my family to set up an indoor pen in the basement if the winter gets harsh again and keep them in a big indoor pen in their own little spare room with a tarp bottom, 3 rabbit playpen kits, and a tarp top with shavings). But the question is how few is too few for chicks to keep at a single time? is 2-3 alright or should you have more than that in a brooding box at a time? I only intended to get 2 or 3 silkies since the vast majority of my chickens will be egg layer breeds. If you need to keep more than 2-3 I might just wait until Feb/March to get the silkies around the time I get the pullets as well.