Do you count your chickens before bed?

jwehl

Crowing
Nov 3, 2020
3,509
10,401
383
Atlanta GA
Hahaha this is complicated.

I genuinely do not know how many chickens I have living in trees. I can guess based on how many chickens I see out before I open the pens but I had to stop looking for tree chickens every night because they hide way better than youd think and I was stressing myself out.

I was counting the 4+ month olds which is when I start letting them free range, but that quickly stopped because every couple nights one would stop sleeping in the coop and join the big girls in the tree and I'd stress out and go looking for it only to find it was totally fine.

I have roughly
20 + 9 + 2 + 1 + 3 + 6 + 2 + 6 + 6
ish

55

chicken math
20 pullets, 9 roos for sale, one of those roos has 2 hens, another has 1 hen, 3 roos for keeps, 1 alpha cock + his 4 ladies + one has a 1 cockrell who thinks hes a chick still following her around, 1 hen and 1 chick following her around, 1 hen + 5 young chicks in the brooder, and 1 roo + 5 pullets that arent free range
 

Docdetective

Songster
Aug 1, 2020
287
710
113
Northern California
I only have two, so it’s easy😂 But I always go out at night to close the coop door, give them goodnight scritches, make sure my little crossbeak’s crop is full, clean out any poops from the shavings, inspect the poops for any abnormalities, ruffle the shavings so they have their little nests(they have a roost but don’t use it) put food and water inside since they aren’t let out until 8:00 am, and watch them snuggle. Best part of the day.
 

nashua

Chirping
Nov 18, 2018
21
91
76
I only have two, so it’s easy😂 But I always go out at night to close the coop door, give them goodnight scritches, make sure my little crossbeak’s crop is full, clean out any poops from the shavings, inspect the poops for any abnormalities, ruffle the shavings so they have their little nests(they have a roost but don’t use it) put food and water inside since they aren’t let out until 8:00 am, and watch them snuggle. Best part of the day.
Mine are 2 years old, and only one of them starting roosting recently. I have the same routine as you, and I enjoy it!
 

birdlady11

In the Brooder
Feb 14, 2020
23
85
43
My 23 girls have 3/4 acre to roam which includes a chunk of woods. They put themselves to bed each night about a half hour before sunset. However, because some of the ladies are quite geriatric and I live in a predator-rich environment I always count before closing the coop doors. I too have to count by groups by I go with color groups: 6 blacks, 5 browns, 5 stripes, 4 whites, and 3 reds. That way, if someone is missing I'll know exactly who and where the most likely place is to look for her.
 

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