May 22, 2017
My family and I just moved to a 5 acre acreage - and we are anxious to get started with all sorts of livestock but are starting with chickens. We have currently have 5 chickens we got back in April that should be around 16 weeks old (4 buff orpingtons, 1 Rhode island red), and we also have 10 chicks we got just last week (1 buff orpington - to round out the orpington, 4 Rhode island reds- to round out the reds, and 5 silver laced wyandottes). We are in the process of building a bigger coop that will eventually accommodate all 15 chickens but for now the chicks are in a brooder and the 16 weekers are in a small store bought coop that is supposed to house 6-8 chickens (but I would feel bad adding anymore than the 5 we have in there).

Pork Pie

Premium Feather Member
7 Years
Jan 30, 2015
Hello and welcome to BYC and congrats on your new farm and new flock.

I think its a wise decision not to add any more birds to your coop. Better to build a big one (think of an ideal size, then double it) for the whole flock, including future additions.

You'll find lots of info in the Learning Centre - and if you have a specific topic in mind, just type it in the search box - there's a wealth of information on past and present threads.

You may wish to consider joining your state thread as it will put you in touch with other BYC members in your area -

All the best


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