How many is too many???

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by jkl79, Jun 30, 2008.

  1. jkl79

    jkl79 Out Of The Brooder

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    I've really let myself get obsessed with this whole chicken raising business. What started out as a 3 chicken project, is currently at 8. Tomorrow, I am picking up 2 EE chicks, and then in about a month, I'm expecting a few baby blue cochins.

    I live in the suburbs and have a very large backyard. The chickens currently have a 40ft x 5ft run area but I let them out in the yard for several hours each day. Is 12 chickens too many? I know no one can answer this except myself (and my DH who would have liked me to stop at 3 chickens) but I am curious about your opinions. If I go ahead and get the EEs and cochins I will have:

    -2 silkies (one is a roo)
    -3 BOs (all pullets)
    -3 light brahmas (all pullets)
    -2 EEs (pullets)
    -2 cochins (pullets)

    too many for my space? I can't stop! Help! [​IMG]
     
  2. Justino

    Justino ♪♫ Rockin' Rooster ♪♫

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    all depends- how big coop? will they free range? do u have room to seperate them if there are roos or aggressive hens towards new comers?
     
  3. jkl79

    jkl79 Out Of The Brooder

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    the coops not huge - about 12x8ft - and the run is about 5x40ft. They do free range at least 2 hrs per day and usually 2 full days on the weekends (I have dogs so they have to share the yard).

    I look at them now in the space and 4 more seems like not a problem at all b/c they have so much space. Am i crazy? If I do this, it would be 12 chickens total. Hmmm......[​IMG]
     
  4. fullhouse

    fullhouse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not too many. [​IMG]
     
  5. jkl79

    jkl79 Out Of The Brooder

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    Will you tell my hubby that?!? What are 4 more chickens??
     
  6. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    a 12 X 8 coop will handle 24 heavy breed chickens. 32 standard sized chickens, and 48 bantams. So get some more [​IMG]
     
  7. jkl79

    jkl79 Out Of The Brooder

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    OOPS!! I meant that my coop is 12x 4 ft - but still enough for 12 chickens, right?

    I'm sorry to ask so many questions - just want to be responsible about my obsession. [​IMG]
     
  8. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep 12 is fine
     
  9. chickens4jojo

    chickens4jojo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There is no such thing as "Too Many Chickens!" [​IMG]

    Seriously, 12 chickens is a nice number as long as you can care for them I would think.
     
  10. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

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    Too many chickens is when they are pecking each other because they are cramped for space and annoyed, and when you can't keep up with poop management.
     

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