Would it be unreasonable?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Madjohn85, Mar 2, 2012.

  1. Madjohn85

    Madjohn85 Out Of The Brooder

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    Would it be unreasonable to start with 12 chickens? We have 8 new chicks ( first time chicken people) that came this week, and I am kicking myslef for not getting barred and jersey giants. Is 12 too much to take on?


    I am thinking of running over to TSC and picking up a few more while they are all still young. I think 12 is not that much more than 8. And I promised myself I would stop at 12. [​IMG] Even if they are more RIRs.
     
  2. Silkie Chick

    Silkie Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    We started with thirteen and then shortly after that added four, now we are up to fifty with a few lots of baby chicks, two of which have been hatched by our own hens... So I don't think twelve would be too much, but I suppose that is your decision.
     
  3. loanwizard

    loanwizard Chillin' With My Peeps

    Ha Ha.... Ha Ha Ha... Ha Ha Ha Ha.... HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Chicken math..... Go for it! 12 is only 4 more than 8 or 50% more......

    I started with 23 free chickens. I lost 1/2 of them to possum and coon.

    Then I discovered incubating.

    Then I decided to explore making a profit with broilers.....

    Today, I have 53 layers, 4 roosters on death row, and 125 Freedom Ranger broiler chicks that should be hatched and delivered in 6 days.

    I have an addiction lol! Come join me ;)
     
  4. ragerkid2

    ragerkid2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I ended up starting with 19. I wanted 3. That's a whole different story. I wish I would have started with 6 in the spring, and six in the fall. I enjoyed the eggs. But raising 19 to be the tame birds that I wanted was difficult. But I had to get rid of 7 roo's. And two chicks died. So I had 10. A fox got 3 of them. So I have seven right now. I have 12 coming in a couple weeks. And I REALLY want Marans, Cochins, and Buff orps. But I don't have room in e coop. :/ so mabye next year if my numbers hold up. Moral of my long unnecessary story, I think you I'll be fine. It just takes a lot of time.(if you want tame chickens)
     
  5. horseshowmomnv

    horseshowmomnv Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ha ha ha ha.... We have never owned chickens, we started with 27 chicks! Nothing like jumping in head first!
     
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  6. ragerkid2

    ragerkid2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The only problem with starting out big, of you fill your coop the first year, when you have 5 year old birds who don't lay, then you have no eggs and a full coop. But if you have the coop space, Full speed ahead!
     
  7. 12 should be fine we started with 25 I don't suggest you start with 25.
     
  8. Madjohn85

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    Well, we did it. I called TSC and found out they had Plymouths, which is what I wanted so we drove out there. Only thing is...we HAD to buy 6, not 4 like I wanted.

    So now we have 4 RIRs, 4 NHRs, 5 Plymouths (Barred), and 1 random one that I have no idea what she is. They got her out of the red pullets bin.

    And can I say, she is SO sweet and calm. But she is a flyer!! So her name is Amelia.

    I think I may put 2 on Craig's list. I really only want 12.
     
  9. ragerkid2

    ragerkid2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, this year you want twelve. Next year. You'll want more:D
     
  10. crchickens

    crchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We are starting with 12 as well. We have 4 barred rocks (because I wanted three and one would have been left alone, so the store employee encouraged me to take her), 1 RIR, 2 red sexed links, 2 buff orps, 1 cal white leghorn, and 2 silver wyandottes.

    I already know what I want next year, lol. I want two black australorps, and two ameracuanas. I am sure I will want some others by then, but for this year, we are done.
     

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