I have 2 dozen silkie chicks now from a great breeder and I want to breed them so I have to divide my coop into pens. I will have two 6x4 breeding pens and one 4x8 grow out pen with an attached run. Come spring, I will set up the matings in quads. I will hatch every egg I get from march through may. I should get about 50 to 75 chicks, right? I will probably cull to about 45. I will put them in the grow out pen and cull like crazy every week since I can only keep the best of the best. We have shows in January so I will show whatever offspring I have left. I the will re evaluate my breeding pens and replace any old breeders that aren't as good with the new offspring. I will probably do this for many years and bring in new blood every fall or spring. How does this plan sound? I will probably have to really decide and plan when the time comes. This is just a general outline. When I get tired of this, I will probably keep 10 hens and a roo just to keep as pets and show them every now and then.