I'm ordering more chicks. Thats it. I cant stand it any longer! I have FAR too many requests for eggs! To meet the demand, we are going to expand the coop to 12'L x 14'W (its 12x10 right now) and the pen to 25.5'L x 17.5'W (its 25.5x13.5' right now) to accomidate more chickens. That'd be 614.25 TOTAL sq. ft...but we may be able to make it a wee bit bigger. Will that be big enough for a toal of 35 chickens (32 hens/3 roos)? Here's what we're thinking of ordering: 5 Cuckoo Marans, 2 RIRs, 2 Barred Rocks, 2 Black Stars, and 2 New Hampshire Reds for brown eggs, and: 5 California Whites, and 5 Brown Leghorns for white eggs. These will be only pullets this time around. lol I think 3 roos to 32 hens is a pretty good ratio! Basically, the area I live in has a lot of farmers, but NO chicken farmers! We have horses, cows, pigs...all around here, but no one with chickens! Everyone wants my eggs, and they aren't even laying yet! As far as actual demand goes: I have 5 people that want a dozen WHITE eggs each week. If I get the 10 white egg layers, I figure ROUGHLY 8 eggs a day, thats 18 dozen a month, which is just about what I need (a little less, but close enough). I have 4 people that want a dozen LIGHT BROWN eggs each week. If I get the 8 brown layers, I figure about 7 eggs a day, thats 16 dozen a month which is just about exactly what I need. I have 2 people that want a dozen DARK BROWN eggs each week, and 1 that wants a dozen every two weeks. If I get the 5 Marans, at roughly 4 eggs a day, thats a little over 9 dozen a month which is about right. Then I have people all over town that want the blue/green eggs. I figure with the 17 hens I have, I'll get about 15 eggs a day, or 35 dozen a month, which I'll easily be able to sell off at $3/doz to pay for everyone's feed. Plus, in between all this, I have people that would want hatching eggs if I had them, or baby chicks if I bred them and had a surplus. Wow. I went WAY off topic! lol Sorry! So, anywho, my question is WHEN can I add the NEW chicks to the current ones who are just under 6 weeks old?