I thought I had lost a chicken today, but looks like I found one.
After the afternoon feeding of my 8 week old chickens I noticed a Dominique had gotten outside the run. Apparently they dug a new dust bath spot and she managed to slide out under the chicken wire. (this is a day pen, not a secure night pen) Anyway, I noticed some feathers by the door and got worried so started counting. I saw all 6 Dominiques, all 4 BLRWs and the 3 Buckeyes. So I had to count my 11 Dark Cornish who would not cooperate but eventually I managed to count 10 several times. I looked around outside wondering whether he was hiding or worse, dead. Nothing, so I figured I miscounted. Then it occurred to me to add up the numbers.
When I got this batch DH and I only counted 25 as we put them in the brooder. I ordered 25 and was surprised we didn't get the extra chick we usually get. I lost 3 early so that leaves 22. And as I ordered 14 DC and the 3 lost were DC then that leaves 11 right? But there's only 10 I can see. 10+6+4+3=23. But I had lost 3. So that should be 22, right? So I must have gotten an extra chick and both DH and I counted wrong initially. Plus, I must not have ordered 14 DC because now I have only 10.
I'm not sure how this all happened, but this must be beyond chicken math, this must be chicken calculus. Or maybe, those imaginary numbers got in there somehow!