Ok so I was given 2 beautiful Roosters who hate each other. I bought 4 laying hens, one of which I was told had a tendency to be broody and seems to be trying to prove that fact. I bought 14 chicks of various breeds only 4 of which are females I think and 1 is a pretty silkie that is becoming more pet than barnyard occupant. We converted an old calf barn into a coop. Its fairly large I think. Roughly 15 x20. The run is being expanded and joined to the garden plot which will be planted with a green manure plant for winter foraging. The garden plot has been further secured but will only be available when not in use which is primarily winter but it will give them even greater room to roam. In the run we also have what I call bachelor quarters which are seperate 2 story smaller coops that I can keep a single roo in or several babies. Upper level high, warm and dry. Lower level grass and fenced in. My hubby is in the process of finishing off 2 of these "apartments" and 2 more are in the works. The roosters from the 14 chicks will have to be dealt with and put in the freezer. So best case scenario for my mini flock is 4 laying hens, 4 young pullets, 2 roos and a mystery silkie pet. I don't know what to do next. I am ohhh so tempted to mail order a rainbow layer mix from mcmurry but I haven't cleared that one with the hubby yet. Also I am not doing this to sell eggs or even sell chicks. Seems too many rules are being put into play and I don't want to invite regulation so I am keeping this just for family. I am not a big fan of government intervention so I would like to avoid any excuse they have for coming on our farm. They refuse to come get the teens out of the woods who are trying to grow pot on our property and the neighbors but sure as rain they will come mess with my animals. So the question is: is 33 hens too many for a family lol. It sounds like alot. There really are only 8 of us I am providing for currently. The temptation is strong though and I want to do this while the weather here is mild.