So, everyone around here (and by that I mean my family and friends, none of whom have ever owned a chicken) says that I'm supposed to order twice as many chicks as I want hens, because it's likely half will die. My husband seems keen on following this advice while I have a little more confidence in my ability to keep these critters alive. I was thinking I want about 6 hens. Husband says we should order 12 chicks. I say we should just order 8 and we can add more next year if needed. Husband says we can just eat any extras once they grow up. I have little confidence in my/our ability to slaughter any, at this stage in the game (I certainly don't want to count on being able to!). Thoughts?