How do you count your chickens?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by gritsar, Jul 8, 2011.

  1. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    We did a coop move the other night that turned into total chaos. What should have taken a hour took four, most of it done by flashlight and tractor lights.

    We finally get done, DH is thoroughly exhausted, covered in dirt and fire ant bites and I insist on doing a headcount; even though the doors were locked the whole time so there's no way a chicken got out.

    While DH holds a flashlight I do the headcount - 10 adult hens, then count again in sets (1 SF, 2 EEs, 2 SS, 3 turkens, 2 silkies), 3 teenage chicks, 5 black chicks, 2 polish chicks and their step-sister. For a total of 21 chickens. Then count them one more time even though I got the right number the first time.

    At this point DH's ready to strangle me. So I push my luck and decide I want to count the brahma girls one.more.time.

    4 buff brahmas, 3 dark brahmas, 4 light brahmas and a rooster. Total of 12 in that coop.

    DH shakes his head as he walks away. He can't understand why I don't count them as whole flocks instead of breaking them down into sets.

    So how do you count your chickens? OCD like me or the "normal" way?
  2. HHandbasket

    HHandbasket The Chickeneer

    I am just like you.

    How many EE's? And how many mixed breeds? How many banties now? Oh, okay¬Ö yeah.... I divide 'em up by groups.

    As long as the end total is correct, I don't panic toooooo terrribly bad.
  3. geepy

    geepy Songster

    Feb 24, 2009
    central FL
    I count them one by one, but hubby just says I have to many.
    I like my math better.
  4. centrarchid

    centrarchid Free Ranging

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    To aid with head counts to detect loss, I have gone to trouble of setting up roost poles so birds in straight lines. They are also at height (7 feet) so each can be touched as counted. I want to do its fast because I have multiple roost sites to check.
  5. farm&countrygirl

    farm&countrygirl Hatching

    Jul 8, 2011
    I break them down by breed. I will first make sure I have 3 dark brown ones with crazy beards(Americanas), Then i make sure there are 4 redish ones with white specks(Golden Comets), 3 light tan and very fluffy ones(Puffs), and lastly I make sure there is a black and white striped one(Barred Rock). Although recently it as gotten really confusing because I did have 2 Barred Rocks, a rooster and hen, but the hen had just died recently so my count is all off and I keep thinking she is missing. I have my chickens penned up everyday and for some reason I find the need to do a head count everyday. [​IMG]
  6. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    I only have 2 in the coop.

    Imp- Uses all my fingers and toes.
  7. Lindz

    Lindz Chirping

    Jul 8, 2011
    Eastern Iowa
    Since I only have 7 right now I just make sure there is 5 that look alike and a black one and a white one. [​IMG] Im sure that will change when I get more.
  8. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    At feed time. They are too busy to run.
  9. tinychicky

    tinychicky Songster

    Mar 24, 2010
    Hollis, New Hampshire
    first generation girls (3), 2nd generation girls(4), 3rd generation girls (3) new girls (2) aurora (1. obviously..) june and darkflight's coop (ummm 2: june and darkflight lol) the older chicks (4) the little chicks (2) main coop roos (3) tiny(just tiny) then ummm is that everyone?? yeah...
  10. geepy

    geepy Songster

    Feb 24, 2009
    central FL
    Quote:*wishes mine were so easy*

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