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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by sillyovrsilkies, Sep 13, 2010.

  1. sillyovrsilkies

    sillyovrsilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I currently have 9 Silkie chicks...(lost one) [​IMG]
    I've got a 4x8 coop w/ 8 nesting boxes...what would be a good number of Silkies to keep one another warm during the winter? Out of those 9, I'm not sure how many are roo's...thinking about purchasing another st. run...any help w/ how many I should purchase?
     
  2. Tomhusker

    Tomhusker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not sure what you have for roosting, but you could handle another 7-10 in that coop, depending on which school of thought you follow for sq ft per chicken.
     
  3. sillyovrsilkies

    sillyovrsilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:There is a large roosting bar w/ 3 rungs...
    This is my first time with chicks, so I'm not sure I've established a "school of thought" concerning sq. footage! [​IMG] The guy I bought the coop from said it would hold 20 chickens...??
    Of course I have the same concern as e/o that I don't want to end up w/ too many roos and not enough hens! I guess I could order 10 more and figure I won't end up with 19 chickens...
     

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