Numbers question

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by abs45, Mar 12, 2017.

  1. abs45

    abs45 In the Brooder

    Mar 12, 2017
    I live in a location that allows chickens in the "city limits". I have had chickens in the past, but these will be pet/occasional egg kids. I only want 2, and this time around I want to get silkies.

    I have found a farm with the colors I was looking for, so I'm just waiting for notification of when they are hatched. So, my main question, are there any special considerations I need to be aware of when getting such a small number? I want to make sure they have everything they need to be healthy and happy.

    Any thoughts are welcome!

  2. boskelli1571

    boskelli1571 Crowing

    Mar 7, 2011
    Finger Lakes, NY
    Welcome! [​IMG] 2 is a good number I think. Since chickens are social creatures they need to have a buddy to hang around with - other than you! Enjoy your birds and beware of 'chicken math'....[​IMG]
  3. abs45

    abs45 In the Brooder

    Mar 12, 2017
    Yeah, I can sense that may be an issue. [​IMG]
  4. KikisGirls

    KikisGirls Must hatch more Premium Member Project Manager

    Jul 31, 2015
    Houston, TX
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC!
    Make sure you post pics of the girls when you get them!
  5. dekel18042

    dekel18042 Songster

    Jul 18, 2013
    May I suggest 3? Chickens are flock birds and if you should get two and something happens to one you have a singleton. With three if you lose one you still have two.

  6. abs45

    abs45 In the Brooder

    Mar 12, 2017
    I'll consider it. Also, I adore all of my pets, and if any of them turn out or be boys, I ma be in trouble due to my location.

    Any suggestions on re-homing boys, or does anyone have experience with/ knowledge of the "no crow collar"?
  7. Folly's place

    Folly's place Free Ranging

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    Welcome! Unless you are getting one of the breed types that's easy to sex at hatching, or getting older (adolescent) chicks, you will have cockerels! Maybe many cockerels. Get at least as many as you can have where you live and have space to raise, and talk to the seller about returning any cockerels that appear. Otherwise, sell them or give them away. Some hatcheries have very good 'chick sexers' and can provide only pullets (usually) but straight run as hatched is not the same thing at all. Mary
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  8. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

    Mar 9, 2014
    My Coop
    I always suggest at least three birds. Things happen, you lose birds - it's part of the deal - so having three prevents you ending up with just one lone bird should something happen to another. Yes, something could happen to more than one at any given time, but having a "spare" helps to stack the deck in your favor. Also, if you are not getting sexed birds you have the potential of ending up with one, or more, "oops" males - which, again, can lead to ending up with a lone bird if you have to rehome the accidental male.
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  9. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon

    If you're getting silkie chicks from a breeder, they're not going to be sexed. Chances are very good you're going to get some males.

    Your options are....find older birds, old enough they can be sexed accurately.

    Purchase at least twice as many birds as you want to keep. Raise them up yourself and pick your keepers when they're able to be sexed, and sell the rest.

    Go with a different breed, like sex links, so you can be assured of pullets from the start.

    I agree 3 is probably better than 2, just for that "in case" thing.

  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Three chicks is better - always good to have a spare

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