how many chickens did you start out with??

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Ducklove334, Mar 14, 2009.

  1. Ducklove334

    Ducklove334 Off to another pond

    Nov 4, 2008
    when we first decided to get chook (we being my fiance and I) we got a pair of silkies from a friend, romeo and Juliet,

    then we got two little hens from Birdlover here on BYC, one thing lead to another, and her mother and grandfather took over [​IMG]

    our little pet/breeding flock has been turned into an egg operation of over 30 birds [​IMG].

    future MIL NEVER lets any birds go broody, because it "takes away the eggs" Juliet has tried twice,her Brahma WANTS to set too. and the one broody we do have is doing a better job with her eggs than i am with the chook eggs in the bator!.

    I've set the rules, Con, the barred rock we got is MINE, so isn't Kurley the Turken, when they're old enough when and if they want to brood, they arn't to be bothered.


    how many did y'all start with?? and how many now?
  2. OrpingtonManor

    OrpingtonManor Building the Castle

    Nov 15, 2008
    Martinez, CA
    I started with 3 feed store chicks. I thought one was a roo, so two weeks later got another one. The roo was a pullet, so now I have 4 hens. That was last year. Now, since I might be laid off (I am a teacher, and pink slip has been received) I am thinking I might get a *couple* more so I will have a few more eggs to sell. Hmmm......
  3. 4. I started with 4. Turned out they were all roos. Cna't get eggs from them ,so i gave em away. So, after that i replaced them with all girls. And now i have ummmmm ....10 plus.

    Can you have them at YOUR place? If they're on her property, they kinda should go by her rules, i guess. If you have em at your place, then you could do as you wished; she could do her thing with her birds.
  4. bheila

    bheila Songster

    Feb 8, 2008
    Kent, Wa
    Started out with 2 chicks then the next week we got 6 more. 2 years later we got up to 150 and now we're getting back down to a managable 50 chickens. That's not including the ducks and turkeys.
  5. Ducklove334

    Ducklove334 Off to another pond

    Nov 4, 2008
    now see, thats the thing, we LIVE with her, but SHE didn't want chickens to begin with. so yeah, they've got a nice big pen now, but still [​IMG]

    I'm not worried about it, i got chicks until the chicks are with the big birds, then they arn't mine no more (I'm the ONLY one who tends to the chicks, and checks on the broody)

    we're ordering from ideal atleast twice more this year,yay more babies
  6. The Poultry Peanut

    The Poultry Peanut lives under rock

    We started with i think 25 or 26 had those for a year or so then we were at my grandparents got a call from our neighbors a dog got into the yard killed all but 1 then later got 4 mutt chickens from a person at church. The next spring got another 25 or so. Added more the next spring then lost some to foxes and so fourth got more the next spring so now our count is any where between 35 and 45.
  7. chicken_boy_Kurt

    chicken_boy_Kurt Songster

    Mar 20, 2008
    I started out with about 15 chickens. They came free with the house. [​IMG]
  8. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2008
    Birnamwood, Wisconsin
    I started with 25 from Ideal (sold 13 because I only wanted 12) [​IMG] Should have known better! I am now mommy to 31! And wanting more!
  9. Chickenmaven

    Chickenmaven Songster

    Feb 6, 2009
    I started out with 30. I didn't know at that time that hatcheries would send less than 25... [​IMG]

    And, ya know, thirty was not any harder than 13 would have been. I always kinda giggle when people say they're getting two to start. They should just dive in! [​IMG]
  10. Cajunsamoan

    Cajunsamoan Songster

    Mar 2, 2009
    I started with 17. A neighbor said something had killed two hens that had babies and he didn't want to deal with them. They were maybe two weeks old. I've been hooked ever since.

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