yeah - another newbie question

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by navasima, Aug 29, 2011.

  1. navasima

    navasima Chillin' With My Peeps

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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?!)
     
  2. kinsey228

    kinsey228 Chillin' With My Peeps

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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 ! [​IMG]
     
  3. navasima

    navasima Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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 [​IMG]) 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?
     
  4. navasima

    navasima Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Halloooo out there?
     
  5. 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. [​IMG]

    You're gonna do just fine! [​IMG]
     
  6. mandelyn

    mandelyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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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.
     
  7. navasima

    navasima Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the input! Fingers crossed!!
     

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