Wanting to add more chicks when I really don't need them...but want them

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Sanebychicks, Mar 14, 2016.

  1. Sanebychicks

    Sanebychicks Out Of The Brooder

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    I am putting it straight out there.... I am looking for approval of my chicken addition. I currently have 6 hens ranging from 2 - 6 years old. I thought I was losing one about a week ago and decided to order 3 chicks. Thankfully, my girl recovered just fine (YAY) and I am expecting the chicks in late June. I can still cancel... but boy I want those new chicks! I don't need 9 chickens!!!! I'm not sure if I want to be talked into getting more or talked out? I have the space, just no real need other than pure pleasure. Can having 3 more really hurt?
     
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    I'm not one to blindly enable, but with some of your birds being 6 years of age you may "need" these new chicks -- even if they continue on for a few more years they will not be productive during that time, so there is no harm in starting your next generation now.
     
  3. chicklover56

    chicklover56 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Once you start with chickens, you can't really stop. I have nine as of right now, but I just want more too. I don't see how it would hurt, and it's always good to have more just in case something happens, right? [​IMG]

    And your chickens are getting older, so it wouldn't hurt to add more new layers.
     
  4. hasdaa

    hasdaa Out Of The Brooder

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    something that I've noticed about chicken keeping, you always get more than you expected, so if you only plan to have 9,and thats already a mouthful, your going to end up with more, so i don't recommend getting more, but i know what you mean, i planed on getting 3 chicks, and ended with 10! i don't know what side to pick. [​IMG]
     
  5. Sanebychicks

    Sanebychicks Out Of The Brooder

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    I started with 4, now have 6 and will have 9. I am only going to add 3 because I think adding 3 at a time is easier when blending the flock. I put my foot down on 3!!! Under 10 isn't that bad? And my older girl is still laying pretty well. I do have two who have some egg "issues" and aren't super layers. And then I have a Cochin who, while beautiful, will be broody at least 3 times over the summer. Can you tell I'm justifying? I need to make a pro/con list. Pro - new little fluffy balls, con - 30% more poop......
     
  6. Sanebychicks

    Sanebychicks Out Of The Brooder

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    "Chicklover56" - That's my logic too!
     
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  7. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Overrun With Chickens

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    You can add as long as you subtract! I don't keep chickens, I keep a flock. The birds in the flock come and go.

    Mrs K
     
  8. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    I have about 63, I certainly don't need 19 more chicks and 12 hatching eggs so I'm no help, only 9, that's not enough.
     
  9. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    What really matters is:
    Do you have room for 3 more?

    Chicken math should include subtraction.....if they ain't laying enough eggs to pay for their feed, they's soup!
     
  10. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    Yep - the subtraction is the part that gets some folks. Every addition I make is made with a pre-planned subtraction---- makes you really think through each one, on both sides of the equation.
     

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