The number of chicks with which to start

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by scoutshaw46, Dec 13, 2009.

  1. scoutshaw46

    scoutshaw46 New Egg

    Apr 1, 2009
    I need to know the minimum number of chicks to start. Should they be of various ages? Should I include older chickens? What is the minimum area needed to start. Thank you.
  2. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

    Jul 16, 2009
    best coast
    Start what? Breeding? A pet flock? If you want a pet flock, three is the minimum. Same age.
    Have fun!
  3. crazy huhn

    crazy huhn Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 24, 2008
    Do not mix up chicks with older chickens. The older ones will bully or even kill the babies. Chicks need a heat source for at least 6 weeks while older ones will not.
    What are you planning to do? A backyard flock, do you want to sell eggs, do you want meat birds, egg laying birds, pets? How much room do you have? What are your city ordinances?
  4. Sequin

    Sequin Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 20, 2008
    Depends on what you are raising them for. If for eggs, I suggest at least 6 for a family of 4. But build enough housing and plan for enough space for easily twice that number. Chances are - you will become addicted and want to increase your flock in short order. [​IMG]
  5. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    Quote:I agree.
  6. chixie

    chixie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 6, 2009
    kountze texas
    Quote:I agree.

    I too must agree... started out with 7 now I have 19... and planning on getting more after christmas
  7. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Plan on 30 or 40 chickens right now. It's save you time later on... [​IMG]
  8. Chickenmaven

    Chickenmaven Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 6, 2009
    Quote:[​IMG] Funny, but true...
  9. jrleader99

    jrleader99 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have to agree with everyone here. I started with about 15 and keep adding. I need to add about another 2-3 dozen hens to keep up with our need for eggs.

    If you are planning for yourself, family and friends start by planning for 3 dozen hens but get only about 12. It will leave you plenty of room to expand and add new favorite breeds. Oh yeah and the occasional chicks that you can not resist at the feed store or Tractor Supply when they have chick days.
  10. wjallen05

    wjallen05 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2008
    North Georgia
    Plan on 30 or 40 chickens right now. It's save you time later on...


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