i think this post should go here but anyway. we are going to get into breeding and right now are trying to figure out the right number of birds to get. we dont have any yet as we are just moving back out to the country after living in town for a year(will never do it again). i use to breed silkies in high school and am really looking forward to getting back into breeding more breeds and having a smaller hatchery. selling most at farmer swaps and to ffa and 4-hers and over the internet. so any advice is always needed. anyway heres my questions: 1. is 4 hens and 1 roo of each breed enough, i will have both bantams and standards. 2. how much room for them they may only get to go outside a little bit each day or every other day. we only have three acres so space is at a premium as we have other critters too. 3. would it be possible to just have two giant pens one for the hens and one for the roos and use breeding pens? then put roos back and keep hens out till they lay so everything can be recorded. this would be so much easier plus they could be outside a lot more. 4. use ex. silkies to brood eggs or get a incubator. if so what kind. 5. get older birds from someone or chicks that i can rear and make sure r up to date on all shots? 6. how old will the birds be when i need to get new breeding stock? does it depend on breed? can roos go till they die? Thanks! i know ill come up with more questions later. Im hopefully in the next few years going to go back to school and get a farm management degree. so that will help on the business end. if it would be easier put the number your answering in front of your answer. plus you don't have to answer all of them.