# First time experiencing chicken math

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by andreanar, Oct 14, 2017.

1. ### andreanarCrowing

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Had 10 chooks. 1 was a cockerel, so leaves me with 9 pullets. So I had to replace him, right? So, I pick out 2 new chicks, but that would leave the 3rd one all alone, so I take all 3. 3 chicks=1 cockerel. But, I'm thinking, none of my 27 week old pullets are laying, so its not like they count as whole chickens! So, there is no reason that I cant go to the chicken sale coming up. 2 pullets=1 hen. 3 chicks=1 hen. So I really only have 5 1/2 chickens.
I think that's how it adds up.

2. ### 21hens-inchargeEnabler

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If none are laying I think you actually have 0.

Now if any are bantams that drops you into the negatives. Negatives create a vortex that draws chickens to fill the negative space.

I think you have to do something soon lest the neighborhood be over run with chickens drawn to your very empty coop!

3. ### eatbeef14Chirping

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Love it. I think I only have 2 chickens I better go buy 18.

4. ### rebrascoraCrowing

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You are clearly into advanced Mathematics! Whilst I've experimented with addition and multiplication and sadly some subtraction, I hadn't considered chicken algebra..... ie 2p=1h and 3c=1h so 9p+3c=5.5h....Wow!
Hope you have plenty of space! From experience, chicken maths is great until it suddenly gets out of hand, particularly going into winter.

5. ### lulu_luluIn the Brooder

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Are u gonna trade 3 chick for 1 hen or something??

6. ### ocapCrowing

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be careful about over crowding ... an acre is 209 feet by 209 feet ... each hen requires 10 square feet so multiply 209 by 209 and divide by 10= 436 hens per acre without building a second story

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8. ### hlhutchinsonSongster

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Yep math looks good to me

9. ### asherChicken Enabler Extraordinaire

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