Hi, I'm new to the forum and keep reading about chicken math - sounds like it is addition to or multiplication of your existing chickens? LOL Influenced by two friends who are raising chickens, I decided I wanted to get just a few Runner Ducks this spring - three or four. Well, to order them was a minimum of ten, so a friend and I went in on the order - she has 30 acres. She was going to take four and I was going to wait and see if any of the rare colored ones were hens (rares were straight run only) and rehome the drakes, or keep for breeding. Time went by and no notice from e-fowl when my order would ship so I contacted them and oops, they meant to contact me that my order couldn't ship as desired because the rarer colors (white and pencilled) came from a different place than the others. I could order ten rares or ten regulars. Duck math did not take place, I changed the order to only include blacks, blues, chocolates and a fawn and white. Three for my friend, seven now for me. Because of the delay, I got impatient and saw an ad on CL for 3 two-week-old Ameraucanas (EEs) that a family decided they couldn't have. Three chickens, I thought, that's a perfect number, my city's limit. Then I got a groupon notification fora local store that I thought would be gardening stuff, but it turns out they also have chicks! So I got the groupon and 4 more chicks (2 of the breeds I wanted weren't available - GLW and Welsummer) - cuckoo marans, SLW, Salmon Faverolle and Buff Brahma. Two days later I got another buff brahma to raise for my friend, AND a golden lakenvelder than I really wanted from a different local chicken store. I started searching CL to find an inexpensive chicken coop. A few weeks later, I saw an ad for Lavender Ameraucana (the real deal) and Lavender Orpington chicks, minimum three straight run. I enquired about two of each, but she only had the LOs left, so I added 3 of them to my brooder room (the guest room). I also saw an ad for three rare breed pullets (3 weeks old) near an event I was attending in the next state, so I came home with another Golden Lakenvelder, a GL Polish, and a Crevecoeur (she has turned out to be a banty). In the meantime the ducks arrived at my friend's place and they included an extra for mortality but they all lived. When it came time to get them, I was able to leave a few extra with her so I brought home 6 duck hens, two each black, blue, chocolate. And I want to rehome two of them which shouldn't be hard. I've decided I like chickens better. Ducks are very messy. Then I saw an ad for a 6-wk BCM pullet at a good price, and the woman had another ad for younger BCM chicks, so one of my chicken friends and I headed out to her place and came back with 5 black and blue CMs - four are straight run, so we may be culling roos. We are splitting the four straight run and I get first pick because I am raising them. I am going to give my friend who raised the ducklings two of my chickens tomorrow as a surprise - the Faverolle and the Creve. Her DH forgot to close the gate to their chicken run and one of the dogs got 14 out of 15 pullets. But then I want to pick up a Blue Andalusian and a silver Fayoumi. And I am in contact with a woman who has Barnevelders and Coronation Sussex, and another with Welsummers. The coros are straight run so that would mean several of those. On top of that, I am getting paranoid about the sex of the BCMs and I saw the same woman hatched a bunch of different breed chicks and is offering 5 for $10 - such a deal if she has enough BCMs. I'm not even sure how many I have or will have. Help me!