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!