Not counting your chickens before they hatch can be very bad!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by undergroundchickens, Sep 20, 2010.

  1. undergroundchickens

    undergroundchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was only going to get 3 or 4 chickens for fresh eggs in the back yard. I swear that was all! After reading up on chicks and how you often get a roo or one or two die unexpectedly I decided to get 6 chicks totally expecting to loose two or three. Somehow all my chicks grew up healthy and strong and all pullets. I figure that was ok. I really liked their personalities and having them as pets. What is one or two more chickens, right? [​IMG]

    Due to this very addicting forum and all its [​IMG] eye candy I started to long for those beautiful blue [​IMG] eggs. I hoped one of my EE's would supply them. They disappointed me when they both laid greenish/khaki eggs. [​IMG]

    Well I still needed a blue egg layer! One more won't hurt right? Well, we all know you can't just get one chick for several reasons. I think I can pack two more birds in if I add some more roosting space in the coop. They free range most of the day and also have a nice run to hang out in. They shouldn't be crowded.

    *Problem* It is impossible to purchase just 2 sexed day old Ameraucana pullets shipped to your door in the fall. I could hatch some though! Got a bator ordered.

    After a long search I found some hatching eggs, but upon ordering the eggs, somehow my fingers clicked on a few FBCM eggs as well. Not sure how that happened![​IMG] Out of those 11 eggs I am down to 4 still in the bator (lock down tomorrow night). I have totally convinced myself that none of these 4 eggs will hatch and if they do they will be roos or die so what do I go and do? I purchase more eggs to hatch. Supposed to get here this weekend.[​IMG]

    I won't even mention that I haven't a place to keep them just yet. My original coop is only designed to hold 6 1/2 birds square foot wise. I have been looking over plans to build me a little a frame tractor to keep them in if they hatch. That would be two coops and a lot more birds than I had planned on. What am I thinking? I only wanted a few birds for fresh eggs! What went wrong? [​IMG]
     
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Nothing went wrong. This is called "chicken math." You seem to have a real flair for it - congratulations!!
     
  3. write2caroline

    write2caroline Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They move around so darn fast it is hard to count them after they hatch
    LOL
    Caroline
     
  4. silkieroo

    silkieroo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] [​IMG] Oh its okay i wanted some nice fresh eggs from a couple nice hens i now have 15 hens and lets see...1....2....0 Eggs a week!!!
     
  5. mrsmaonaigh

    mrsmaonaigh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am having the same problem. The more I look at this site, the more chickens I want! So far I haven't caved but I've come close a couple of times. I did get one blue egg layer and one beautiful olive green layer. I'm in love with those eggs. Its becoming an obsession!
     
  6. kla37

    kla37 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You are just a victim of chicken math! This is the perfect place to share your feelings about your addiction, as there are many addicts here. I think "12-step" to many of us must mean, "only 12 more?"
     
  7. Noncentzter

    Noncentzter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chicken math almost got me in some big trouble! I ordered buckeye chicks on Eggbid. My daughter didn't think I was going to win, so she bid on some buckeye chicks. We won both bids for a total of 50 chicks! My coop is 10x12 = 30 birds. Fortunately for us, I was able to cancel my order and the seller only sent 12 chicks on her order and unfortunately only one survived the trip! I currently have 26 birds and I'm trying to be good and not order anymore! LOL
     
  8. sheila3935

    sheila3935 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you havent done bad I started in may with 2 RIR's that I got for Mothers day complete with a coop by DH built for me. Well ha d to have more cause we have a big family 2 wont supply enough eggs so go to an auction get 6 more RIR's. Then wanted different kinds so went to a near by farm got 6 Barred Rocks. 5 ended up being roos so went and got 2 more a Black Australorp and a BR. both roos. Rehomed all roos but 2 that we kept. So needed more pullets for the roos ordered 10 from Ideal 9 DOA the last died 3 days later had to have the last on some buddies so went to another farm got 7 one roo that will be going to his new home in about 3 weeks. order hatching eggs 6 of them 3 were broke in transit 1 cracked at day 3 and the other 2 didnt do anything so off to another farm to get 6 more chicks the guy threw in 3 barnyard mixes. One of those is a roo so I have to find a home for a 4-5 week old Delaware Roo. Go get 2 dozen RIR hatching eggs and for an experiment threw in a dozen I got from an Amish grocery store and 1 of my neighbors pullet EE egg. Just set them yesterday. So here I sit with 8 RIR's 26 weeks 3 Barred Rocks 14 weeks 2 are roos. 3 Black Australorps age 7 weeks and 4 weeks 1 a roo
    I almost forgot 2 naked necks 9 weeks 3 mixes 7 weeks 3 more barred rocks 4 weeks 1 more RIR 4 weeks 1 Delaware roo 4 weeks and 3 barnyard mixes I think silkie bantam mixes 3 weeks and 3 dozen eggs in he bator. Got 4 coops. One the reds are in need to add on to it to andd the older BR one that the older BR are in now DH just built a new coop today for my 7 and 9 week olds a baby coop that the 4 week olds will go into soon and the 3 week olds still in the brooder. So chicken math is 28 that i still have 8 that were rehomed 10 that died and 3 dozen still to hatch. [​IMG]
     
  9. cluckcluck42

    cluckcluck42 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    At least we are all good at some type of math.
     
  10. TumbleweedChick

    TumbleweedChick New Egg

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    I too was "just" going to get 6...then 8...then 12, NO MORE!!! Well, now I'm up to 42 and am getting almost a dozen eggs a day with about 20+ of the pullets getting ready to lay in the next couple of weeks:p

    I LIKE CHICKEN MATH!!!!!!!!!!
     

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