Too many too soon???how many chicks are enough??

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Bush Chickens, Mar 12, 2013.

  1. I already have 10 chickens(if / when we move,2 roos are going to my neighbor)& i order 9 from My Pet,BUT now we decided we're getting some from Rural King,AND 1 hen i have is probably going to go broody.Too much???[​IMG] P.s. chick order is changeable& i wont be eating any of them
    Last edited: Mar 12, 2013

  2. GoldDogsMom

    GoldDogsMom Songster

    Aug 10, 2011
    Indiana, PA
    Welcome to Chicken Math...

    I started with 6 TSC chicks and now have 18 hens and 2 roos and looking to get possible 4-6 more this spring! As long as you have the will never stop!
  3. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Crowing

    The answer basically just depends on whether you have sufficient space to put them all.
  4. TreehuggerMo

    TreehuggerMo In the Brooder

    Mar 8, 2013
    De Soto, MO
    Chicken Math... Love that term. We decided to start smart with only 4 or 5 chicks then....chicken math happened and now we have a flock of 14 chicks and I would not change a thing. However...reality is that having space for them is a must.. so as long as you have the space, the time, and ability to care for them - Enjoy them and have fun.
  5. kynewbchickie

    kynewbchickie Songster

    Mar 12, 2013
    Estill County, KY
    My Coop
    Supposedly we have 3 roos and 12 hens with our chick order that I picked up this oldest son just called me and said a parent had brought a whole brooder full of chicks, about 100 of them, to the school for "Early Easter" giveaways. I'm rather nervous about how many he brings home and I've already made an appointment with our vet to check them out and vaccinate them this afternoon. So, it seems my original flock of 15 BA's will now increase by however many he decides he's bringing home and no idea on breeds yet.

    [​IMG] I am going to fly the coop.

    Ahh, the joys of chickens! Here we go!

  6. chickadoodles

    chickadoodles Crossing the Road

    Feb 28, 2013
    Gone camping
    That is too funny! [​IMG]
  7. Kilsharion

    Kilsharion Songster

    Jan 21, 2013
    My Coop
    I hate Easter for just that reason...but, it does mean I could possibly wind up with some new stock for my mutt pen without spending a dime in about a month...

    And, like others have said - once bitten by the chicken bug, you pretty much tend to pack them in as long as there's reasonable space.

    Look on the positive side...maybe all he brings home will be pullets so each of your roos will have a full harem?
  8. jnntefend

    jnntefend Songster

    Mar 8, 2013
    East Texas
    Ah, there goes some chicken math. Personally, I would feel a bit overwhelmed with this, but everyone is different. I am afraid you may be biting off more than you can chew, but only you really know that.
  9. kynewbchickie

    kynewbchickie Songster

    Mar 12, 2013
    Estill County, KY
    My Coop
    I'm definitely hoping this is the case!

  10. kynewbchickie

    kynewbchickie Songster

    Mar 12, 2013
    Estill County, KY
    My Coop
    We have a ton of space, I've actually sectioned off half the brooder for now - in total it's 4'x4' - and we've got a rather large chicken yard already fenced and ready to go. Glad he decided to do this before we built the coop - that's definitely going to change the dimensions a bit. ;)

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