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# Explaining Chicken Math - Page 71

Our counselor suggested that we should not give our kids breakfast with sugar in it well the only thing I can come up with that they like is EGGS!!! So 5 days a weeks we started eating eggs, 5-8eggs a day, so 25-40 eggs a week. Well I decided i NEED chickens then to supply oraganic fresh eggs! We bought 3 hens to start getting eggs right away. Well so far we get 2 eggs a day consistently. Not enough! Sooooo one week later we got 5 chicks (different color egg layers lol). Well now we are in search of the 2 colors of egg layers we don't have yet (olive & chocolate) and because I'm super impatient I want 4month old hens. Omgosh soon we will have 10 chickens and I've only had chickens for 1 month. Starting construction on a 4x10 coop and a 20x20 run, Ive lost my mind lol. Seeing other posts on this subject make me feel much better though!
6+12+3=13 in my case! Lots of roosters the first go round=lunch

I dont have chicken math issues here since I have "Ladies" not chickens. However I started planning a new coop for everyone to be civil and happy with separate quarters. so first things first I had to write down names for each coop partition.....

HMMMM

I must say even my Christmas card list is not that long!

Guess I am still pretty bad at math.

Here is my chicken math:

Started with 5 (4 hens and a roo) - 4 (3 hens and roo killed by predator) + 4 (3 hens and one roo from the neighbor) – 1 (hen killed by roo) – 1 (bye-bye to that roo) + 3 (free hens on Craigslist) + 11 (chicks from local breeder – most of which turned out to be roos) + 2 (hens from the neighbor – 7 (too many roos) + 6 (hens from the feed store) + 5 (chicks from broody hen) + 5 (chicks from another broody hen) – 5 (sold chicks to neighbor) – 1 (roo went after our son) + 1 (roo showed up in our yard one day) – 1 (roo with back injury) - 1 (hen killed by hawk) – 6 (hens killed by fox) - 3 (roos sold on Craigslist) = 12 remaining (if I did my math right – 4 EE’s, 4 barnyard mixes, 1 australorp, 1 barred rock, 1 buff Orpington, 1 Welsummer) with plans to build a new coop runs to add more chicks in the spring.

I blame my hubby.  It was his idea to get chickens and I was originally opposed to the idea.  But, now I’m the one who’s obsessed.

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Black Double Laced, Blue Double Laced and Splash Barnevelders

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Sassafras Grove Farm

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Black Double Laced, Blue Double Laced and Splash Barnevelders

Silver Double Laced Bantam Barnevelders

Silver, Charcoal, and Birchen Iowa Blues

Swedish Flower Hens

My chicken math is much less impressive than you alls. Its a lot like my fish math, really.

The plan is to get four hens, as baby chicks, which I read have a 90% accuracy on sexing, so the plan is to get five chicks, figuring we might get a rooster - which would leave us, hopefully, with four hens.

Ideas?

Edited by Seatrout00 - 12/12/15 at 7:34pm

Life and ink, they run out at the same time, or so said my old friend the squid. ~ Jimmy Buffett

Life and ink, they run out at the same time, or so said my old friend the squid. ~ Jimmy Buffett

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Originally Posted by Seatrout00

My chicken math is much less impressive than you alls. Its a lot like my fish math, really.

The plan is to get four hens, as baby chicks, which I read have a 90% accuracy on sexing, so the plan is to get five chicks, figuring we might get a rooster - which would leave us, hopefully, with four hens.

Ideas?

Are you going through a breeder, local feed store. or hatchery?

sometimes feed stores get mixed by customers or unknowing employees so rates go down.

You might consider older pullets and only get the 4 you want. depending on the breed like sexlinks can be sexed by color I think. and most normal feather breeds can be better sexed by 10 to 15 weeks.

Good luck and expect Chicken math to get ya! It will!

@Seatrout00

I am planning on getting my chicks through our local feed store. I just assumed they were getting female chicks in, I had no clue that they might be getting mixed chicks in. I suppose I should ask. But yes, through a local feed store.

I got a to see the chicks they got in last week just as they came in and they had three breeds, or rather two breeds and one mixed breed (sex-links) and the chicks looked very healthy and hearty, active, bright eyed and cheeping like mad. I was very impressed they were so healthy, and pleased.

Do you think I should get more than 5 chicks to make sure I end up with four hens?

Life and ink, they run out at the same time, or so said my old friend the squid. ~ Jimmy Buffett

Life and ink, they run out at the same time, or so said my old friend the squid. ~ Jimmy Buffett

I wouldnt think so just make sure to tell them you want pullets. and have a plan for rooster just in case.