Chickenmath. It’ll get the best of you. It did us. We buy EIGHT chicks, set up an indoor brooder and watch chick TV (which isn’t as terrible as it sounds ;). At this point we have four rhode island red pullets (baby girls), two black sex links pullets, and two barred rock unsexed chickens. I sexed these myself by wingspan and while I’m fairly certain these are cockerels (baby boys)-I’ve got a wait a few more weeks to be absolutely certain.
Turns out one of my rhode island red pullets is a cockerel (baby boy). So now if you’re keeping up with my chickenmath, I’ve got 1 rir rooster, 2 buff orppington hens, 3 rir pullets, 1 rir cockerel, 2 black sex link pullets, and 2 barred rock cockerels.
That is STILL messing with my ratios putting me at 7:4. For those who don’t know a good ratio is 10:1. I can honestly say this chickenmath is math I’m actually GOOD at. If only we’d had chickens in middle school to learn about ratios I might have better grasped that concept!
When these reach about 5 weeks old we get a call from a local pet shop saying they have a batch of three week old chicks they can’t sell. They warn us they are a straight run (unsexed) and ask us if we want them.
More chickens? FREE chickens? You don’t have to ask us twice!
We now have the three “big” chickens in the main coop. We made a transitional brooder/coop for the “teenagers”. And now we have welcomed EIGHT more 3 week old chicks (the “babies”) into our home. We have been told they think they are Leghorns, but they have been dyed to sell for Easter, so we really won’t know until their feathers come in and they grow a bit.
I’m pretty sure we have lost our entire minds.
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Now these chicks have grown. They are five weeks old. We have transitioned the seven week old flock in with the big birds in the main coop. They are doing well. The five week old flock is in the transitional brooder outside. An early guess is that we have SIX cockerels and TWO pullets in this bunch. I may be wrong and let’s pray that I am.
Only time will tell. And after my fourth (?) flock of birds my hen to rooster ratio by my best count is 9:10. Needless to say if this keeps us we will be feeding our roos some calf manna and harvesting them for the freezer in about another 5-6 weeks.
And then we get another call…
This time a local farmer who works with my husband says his wife has 30 eggs in an incubator and may need to give us some chicks if they prove to be too many for them.
MORE FREE chickens? Hmmm…let me do the chickenmath…3+8+8+FREE = MORE CHICKENS!!
These aren’t going to be hatching for about 3 weeks so we’ve got some time to back out. But who in their right mind would do THAT?
Question: Do you have baby chicks? Is your chicken math about like mine?