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Is this what you talk about when you say 'chicken math'?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by KentuckyChick, Jul 28, 2010.

  1. KentuckyChick

    KentuckyChick Chirping

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    I got my six chicks from Meyer yesterday. They are all happy, peeping, healthy, and FAST! My neighbor came over to see them and told my husband he was going to sneak a roo into the bunch. Haha! Well, I found out there's a farmer close to me selling chicks. I haven't found out how old or anything yet, but I'm considering getting a few more! Is this how it starts? HAHA!
     

  2. Chickengal505

    Chickengal505 Songster

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    Yep HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]: [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  3. KellyHM

    KellyHM Crowing

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    [​IMG] You'll have 20 before you know it!
     
  4. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

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    Pretty much....

    Chicken math is like this:

    You say, "I want 20 chickens"
    So you build your coop to house 40 chickens.
    Then you buy 10 chicks to start with--just to get your feet wet.

    Then you realize incubating is fun!
    Oh, and the farmer down the street has some extra culls...
    And "I really cant pass up such a swinging deal on hatching eggs"

    Then you discover banties, which 3 banties= 1 LF
    5 chicks=1 banty, so you can have 15 chicks for every standard chicken,
    Roos dont count, since you will eventually eat/cull most of them,
    Layers don't count until you CATCH them laying an egg.
    Project birds are "Special" and aren't part of the main count.
    Disease comes through and wipes out the weaker ones, but it hurts so you don't subtract the ones who died.

    Since you have several "mini-flocks" who brooded together, you are physically unable to count them all at once. You have to count them "3 black ones, 2 chippy-cheeks, 4 funnyhats, 6 stupidroos"....
     
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  5. And, of course, the chicks hatched from eggs laid by your own hens don't count, since they're an experiment to see if your roo is *really* doing his job...
     
  6. Tiffany

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    HAHAHA I like chicken math... I am just starting out and have my 3 straight runs that I had given to me in the banter, but I keep looking at the hatcheries and I am sure that I will have a ton before it is done. And I am so looking forward to incubating and hatching eggs as well. OMG OMG OMG just thinking about it all gets me excited.
     
  7. chick4chicks

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    [​IMG] you are learning chicken math. I love it, the best math I ever had. Didn't like math in school but now chicken math is awesome. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     

  8. KentuckyChick

    KentuckyChick Chirping

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    So how many chickens can a 12 foot by 12 foot coop hold? In case I expand. [​IMG]
     
  9. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

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    36, give or take.
     
  10. KentuckyChick

    KentuckyChick Chirping

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    Quote:I was about to say that's more room than I'll need, but I'll just shut up.
     

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