# Chicken Math 101 – with Quiz!

Finally....the clear explanation of chicken math (advanced).....the formulas offer the clarification details missing from most other articles on chicken math. I have no chickens yet....just a newbie....but with your concise explanation I passed the Quiz with 7 correct.....yes, I'm walking tall! Thanks for this.....now I will go reevaluate my chicken order.
As a beginner to keeping backyard chickens, I found this article extremely helpful. Reading this made me more competent in counting my flock (technically, I’ve 0 because all of my chickens have names, thus I also have room for a lot more chickens), and it also gave me the knowledge I needed to explain to my spouse why I need more chickens. The quiz at the end was super helpful and easy for me, but my spouse is still having trouble with it and needs to keep studying.
I need to share, study and re-read ! Because I think I dont even have a flock...so I may be able to rush and get a bunch of fluffy chicks ASAP !
My chicken math skills are awesome! Always looking for more
Cryss
Real science to back up the evidence!
BaaKaaawk
"Real" Chicken Science at least...
I needed a good laugh and this provided it. When people ask me how many chickens I have, they are shocked no matter what I say so I break it up into 1 rooster 2 cockerels, 7 pullets etc. That was they are too confused to comment.
BaaKaaawk
Excellent strategy! Hope it works on the significant other as well! :)
This is easily worth more stars than just 5. It's basically going to help me triple my flock size.
Cryss and BaaKaaawk
This is so perfect! Lots of laughs! I think I only have three chickens!
Cryss and BaaKaaawk
This gave me such a good laugh I had to show my husband who is now grumbling about chicken math to himself. I received 5 extras with my last order so I’m counting those as gift chickens they don’t count for total right lol.
BaaKaaawk
That sounds to me like the good lord wanted you to have those. ;) Who are we mortals to deny his grace?!?!
Brilliant!
Cryss and BaaKaaawk
100% true Chicken math presented .
Cryss and BaaKaaawk
But ever so true!
Cryss and BaaKaaawk
If the first of a breed is named then that doesn’t count as a chicken therefore it can only be the first unnamed of a breed. I was afraid my flock was too big for a moment there!
Loved it!
Cryss and BaaKaaawk
Very fun and informative.
BaaKaaawk
BaaKaaawk
I had a blast reading your article and loved your graphics! I saw my logic in there and am therefor totally normal. Thanks. Needed some validation. The rest of the world has gone nuts and I knew it! Well done and bravo!
BaaKaaawk
You are completely NORMAL! We're a like-minded support group for you. :)
I did't know what Chicken Math was a few months ago until i googled it

Are you sure you’re counting your chickens correctly? There are specific rules to keep in mind while counting:

1. You do not count any eggs in the incubator because you don’t count your chickens before they hatch.
2. You don’t count chickens that were given as a gift because they were a present and are more properly considered a gift rather than a chicken.
3. You do not count any bird under 18 weeks old because they are too young to lay eggs so they are considered juveniles rather than chickens.
4. You don’t count bantams because bantams are considered bantams rather than chickens.
5. You don’t count ornamental birds because they are ornamental and are considered yard art, folk art, or fine art rather than chickens.
6. You don’t count birds beyond laying age because they’re retired and don’t lay eggs and are considered retirees rather than chickens.
7. You don’t count birds in moult because they’re are in moult and missing feathers so cannot be properly considered as complete chickens.
8. You don’t count males because they are protectors of the flock and are more accurately considered guard dogs rather than chickens.
9. You don’t count laying hens because they produce eggs and thus are more accurately described as a food source rather than chickens.
10. You don’t count sick or injured birds because they are sick or injured and their disposition is in question so they go on the injured or sick list not on your list of chickens.
11. You don’t count birds that are for sale or possibly for sale because they belong or will belong to someone else.
12. You don’t count broody hens because you can’t even get close enough to count them.
13. You don’t count freeloading chickens because they’re not producing eggs, therefore they are defective chickens.

Thus, if you follow the rules (and it is always good to follow the rules) you may only count healthy full size female chickens that are not in moult and not a gift and are of laying age but not laying.

Happy counting! We’ve officially got no chooks