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:
-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'
PLEASE SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL ATTENTION IF EXPERIENCING ANY OF THE ABOVE SYMPTOMS.
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.*