Now, to most of you reading You are probably thinking “what is she talking about?”
But to all the fellow Chicken enthusiasts (aka crazy chicken folks), chicken math is REAL.
Flashback to Spring.
”I built a coop, now I need chickens.”
Since this whole “chicken thing” started, I knew a couple of breeds I’ve always wanted. Mainly a couple froo-froo breeds I remember seeing Martha Stewart owning decades ago. I knew I wanted fluffy white Silkies, and I knew I wanted Easter Eggers so I can have pretty blue eggs in my perfect little egg basket. 🧺
Now, flash forward and I find myself battling the “oh great, ”Marigold” and “Hen Stefani” started crowing... 🤦♀️🤦♀️🤦♀️“
So. Let’s talk male/female ratio. Yep, it’s a thing you have to think about when having chickens.
When I bought my first 10 birds, I got all “straight run”, meaning they are not sexed.
Meaning, you don’t know what the hell you are getting. I got 4 barnyard mixes, and the next day I picked up my “dream silkies. I went for 4, came home with 6. (Trust me, this will happen to you one day when you go pick out baby fluffy butt chickens and you just think “what’s a few more?!”
So out of those original 10, we were fortunate enough to end up with a 50/50 ratio. I know SOOO many people who have had worse odds than that so I consider myself kinda lucky. 🤞
Now, as the chickens mature, the roos need on average 6-7 hens per Roo. If there are too FEW girls to each boy, THAT is when the roosters will start being aggressive towards each other.
Yep, it’s aaaaaaall about having enough hens for each roo. Now, to be real, I never wanted a single rooster. At all. You don’t NEED a single rooster. And a lot of city ordinances actually won’t allow them (ya know, the whole “singing the song of their people at the butt crack of dawn, mid morning, teatime, dinner bell thing”🤷♀️). But since I ended up with now SIX roosters, I refuse to rehome them (roos tend to not have good odds of living their best lives when rehomed. 😬 I’ll touch on that some other time. Its a little morbid.) So instead of getting rid of them, we added more hens to keep everyone happy. And I’ll be honest, if I were to start all over from scratch, I would bite the bullet and get young laying hens instead of playing the guessing game with chicks. It costs more, but cuts straight To the point: fresh eggs daily.
We started focusing on hardy egg laying breeds instead of cute, little, froo froo breeds (now don’t misunderstand, I ADORE my cute polish and silkies), young laying hens, and only adding confirmed hens to the Chicken village. Well, minus freaking Hen Stefani, who recently became Arnold SchwarzenEGGer. 🤦♀️
I have read and read and read... and read more about chickens than I care to admit. I’ll spend hours on YouTube watching, learning, rewatching, taking notes, researching, and yes... reading, but let me tell you...
Hands on experience is truly how I’ve learned the most. Getting my hands dirty, jumping in, figuring things out the hard way, doing and then redoing things, reworking and trying again.
Same goes with Chicken Math.
We started with 4.
Then we got smarter.
What’s the saying?
“Work smarter, not harder”?
Well, I like to think that we got smarter, but really I think we just jumped in like idiots, did it the hard way, and in the end are smarter for it.
Not a pro by any means, but I feel like we get an A for effort at the end of Chicken Math 101.
And I’m always an open book if you need a Chicken Math Tutor. 😉👌