Have you ever heard of this? It’s where you think you want six chickens so you end up with double if not triple that number. I thought people were crazy until I started buying.
6 Cochins and 2 Buff Orpingtons
We too started out with the number six. That number of hens would support just our family, but it would be nice to sell some extra too so I doubled to twelve. (The chicken math has started) There were twelve Leghorns in the incubator, bought four from the feed store, three from the lady incubating our eggs, two lemon buff Orpington, six bantam cochins and two Muscovy ducks. I think this is way more than even the doubled number of twelve. After incubation we ended up with eleven eggs hatching which put us at twenty seven birds.
Hello! 11 Leghorns
TWENTY SEVEN, how did we go from six to twenty seven! haha this is the finest example of chicken math. Here is the problem, when buying chicks there has to be the extra chickens in case of boys popping up in the herd. There has to be extras in case of sickness or death. There have to be extras to keep each other warm so a heat lamp isn’t needed as long. There should just always be extra because they are so darn cute!
2 Muscovy Ducks
So back to bringing them home…I knew how many we were expecting so I made a brooder to fit about 100. I did not want to have to make another brooder once the chickens were bigger so here we were, the brooder is all made, I’ve attempted DIY feeder and waterer (that post coming up), and we began the waiting game for receiving chicks.
all ready for the chicks
Ten chicks came by car and feed store, two ducklings were waiting for pick up, and the 12 eggs were still cooking. The Hubby just about died when he found out how many birds I had purchased, but once he saw them he fell in love. He named half of them and his favorite were the ducklings.
To sum up we went from thinking six birds, to having twenty seven when all was said and done. According to statistics half of them should have been boys, which means I would have been close to my second number of wanting twelve. But nope, only our incubated eggs had that statistic. About five of them were boys but everyone else was a girl!
half of them getting used to their new home
Imagine our good luck and surprise when we found out we had twenty two females!!! Now the harder part was going to begin, keeping them alive until they start laying eggs.
How have you brought your birds home?