I started with 12 chicks a few months ago. My little 10 pound dog thought they were squeaky toys and killed 7. I then went (over memorial day weekend) and got 12 more and a friend gave me 1. I ended up losing 1, then a couple weeks ago we came home from work to find 5 of the bigger girls gone. Any ideas on what would take 5 in such a short time? I'm beginning to think it was a person that took them due to lack of any "crime" scene and not being able to think of any animal that would do it. So, I am now back to 12 and I'm quite positive that 4 of them are boys. They are all around 11 weeks except for 2 roos that are about 16 weeks. Is 4 too many for only 8 girls? The kids and I want to go get some more girls, but I also kind of want to wait until the girls start laying. Does it matter when or if I end up getting more chicks? Should I just wait until they start laying and let some of the eggs hatch? Any advice is greatly appreciated. We are also thinking about getting goats and I didn't know if there was anything I needed to know about chickens with goats? Thanks for the help! I LOVE being a chicken owner!