Chicken Math

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by annchristine, Nov 21, 2011.

  1. annchristine

    annchristine Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 10 assorted chicks (7 weeks now) that we hatched out from EBAY eggs (6 brabanters, 1 cochin, 2 houdans, 1 blue laced wynadotte). I think 1 houdan and 3 brabanters are roos. Also have 4 hens (2 ameracaunas, 1 seabright, 1 polish) that are 2 years in the spring.

    I hatched the eggs to replace my 2 favorite girls that I lost to a coyote during free range time last summer (new free range rules now).
    I have a 4X8 coop with an attache 16X16 run. I know I should be looking for homes for the roos, but I want to be sure I am correct on my sexing (especially the brabanters, they are tricky).

    I am still keeping the young ones separated from the hens with modifications to the coop and run. If I can't find good homes for the boys, is it crazy chicken math to consider keeping them all? What if I built another run. Please don't laugh, I've just gotten too attached to the babies.
     
  2. boogiedog

    boogiedog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ah, dreaded chicken math. You have good company. I impulsively bought 12 chicks from a farm supply store well over a year ago. That led to a $4000 coop and run...which lead to 30 more chicks ("I need to pick up more feed. Oh, looky there, chicks. We don't have THAT breed yet..." x 10) which has since led to two incubators, 3 brooders, a second $2,000 coop and run. I currently have 20 breeds, 45 chicks and chickens, and 35 eggs of 5 breeds in various states of development. Happily, I have had very successful integrations of new birds (I also carefully select for breeds that handle confinement well), but sadly, we are not allowed to have roos. I have had success in placing them in good homes in counties that allow roos.

    Enjoy the chicken math. It is very, very fun [​IMG] And there are worse things to be addicted to (at least that is what I keep telling myself).
     
  3. annchristine

    annchristine Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for your affirmation. I agree about the addiction! Although we have 6 hilly acres, we are in an association that only allows the chickens through a 4-H permit.
    I had no plans for roosters but the little guys are already such characters (and friendly). I may try keeping 1 or 2 until I get a complaint. I do want them to go to good homes.
     
  4. P-Funk

    P-Funk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here's one for you. If you're anywhere near Colorado I'll take an extra roo off your hands. Yes I'm hooked. Does chicken math involve the price of boarding a horse who was kicked out of her stall?
     
  5. annchristine

    annchristine Out Of The Brooder

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    I've never heard of a horse being at the bottom of the pecking order. Too funny! California is only a couple of states away. Ha! We are all chicken addicts.
     

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