yeah - another newbie question

navasima

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My intention was to have 3-5 laying hens and a nice supply of fresh eggs. Well, my 4 little girls are 5 weeks old now and growing happily.

My 3 little 8-9 week old Silkies are growing happily as well. ...guessing that I have at least one roo... I would like to consider allowing Silkie chicks to hatch.

Must I have seperate coops? Can I just pull the LF eggs?

(BTW - if I understand correctly...according to chicken math: the 4 littles don't count - they are chicks, not chickens; silkies are bantams and therefore little and so 3 count for 1 1/2 chickens and none of them are laying yet anyway, so they don't count...so I can get 3-5 more chickens and still not exceed my original limit of 3-5! Right?!)
 

kinsey228

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Jun 28, 2011
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As long as you only have one roo, you don't need need separate coops. I like your math, by the way ! My limit of 6 pullets has become 20 pullets and 1 roo !
 

navasima

Songster
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Aug 6, 2011
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New Mexico
I'd better rephrase - so if the only roos (really want to keep the original 3 no matter what they turn out to be if I can
) that I have are Silkies, then I should be good - yes? Pulling the LF eggs and letting the bantam size get hatched would be okay?
 

sfw2

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That makes sense, yes. And for a newbie, you've demonstrated a good understanding of chicken math! Although, bantams are really only about 1/3 the size of large fowl, so you could have nine bantams, and still only have three chickens.


You're gonna do just fine!
 

mandelyn

Crowing
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Aug 30, 2009
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Yup, if Silkies are the only boys, then silkie girls will lay a pure egg. But take the eggs from them until they go broody, otherwise they'll sit there and go bad.
 

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