Chicken Math- the Symptoms and how to (try and) prevent it!

By DancingWthDucks · Nov 23, 2016 · ·
  1. DancingWthDucks
    Most of us have heard of and even experienced the highly infectious virus most commonly known as 'Chicken Math'. Surveys have shown that 73% of new poultry keepers expand their flock within their first year (yep, I just made that up). Severe cases of chicken math can result in chicken obsession and lots of eggs to collect each morning.

    Common Symptoms may include:
    -Expanding flock

    -Branching into other poultry species

    -Increased talking of poultry relating subjects

    -Spending two hours drooling over the hatchery catalog

    -Frequent and strong desire to 'fill up the bator'

    Before 'Chicken Math'

    After 'Chicken Math'


    Meathods to (try to) prevent it:
    -Buy a small coop- this makes it harder to expand

    -Only get incubators with a small egg capacity (ideally no more than 10 hen eggs)

    -DONT SUBSCRIBE HATCHERIES NEWSLETTERS- these are bursting full of picture of cute fluffy chicks and great offers.

    -Try to avoid reading breed reviews- this only makes you want them more!

    *PLEASE NOTE: increasing cases of 'Chicken Math' have been found in keepers of other poultry including Ducks, Geese, Turkeys and Quail.*

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  1. TwoCrows
    Too funny but true!! :)
  2. sjturner79
    And I want to set up the incubator, but just can't. I need to do something with all the babies first !
  3. sjturner79
    Hmm, doesn't work, small coop, no incubator set up city limit of 12 chickens, but from my 9 hens i've had 70 chicks so far this year
  4. Minnowey
    I've definitely got this. The number of poultry chicks I'm getting this year went from 14 to 32 ( yes, 15 of those are pheasants to set loose on the property, and 7 are guineas, but they still count, right?)[​IMG]
  5. rir264
    That is a great article, personally I think "chicken math" is an epidemic!!!
    Very funny! I have not laughed that hard in a long time.
  6. PBBackyard
    Ok. The "Buy a small coop- this makes it harder to expand" didn't work for me. I just bought another coop. We now have two. It's a good thing there is a city limit on the amount of chickens I am allowed.
    1. Kluk-Kluk
      The local limit hasn't stopped me from going over it..... We have great neighbors who haven't reported me.
  7. bobhoke
    Very funny. Needed the laugh. Thanks!!!
  8. Then I Will
    I've had this virus for many years now. It's at a highly aggravated stage now that I have moved and have had no coop or chickens for two years. I am seeking self-treatment this spring.
  9. Jaromo99
    I told myself no hatching. We don't even have an incubator. But we have a heat pad....... I currently have 11 eggs setting.
  10. Chicken Girl1
    Thanks for the laugh!
  11. Alexandra33
    Sadly, I'm in the advanced stages of "chicken mathitis." :( There's no curing it! :p
  12. MasterOfClucker
    Hilarious,At first i was like why would someone name a disease chicken math.

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