Tuesday, 3 January 2017

How Chicken Maths works

So what exactly is Chicken Maths?

It's easier to show you than to give an exact explanation. Chicken Maths happens when you get your first three chickens.

 Just like we did! Then for no particular reason you feel the need to have a few more chickens. 
Photo Credit. Merv Parry
 So you get half a dozen more and then you need a second coop.

 And then you realise that you probably need a spare coop for isolation in the case of illness or injury. 

And then you need to extend the run on your coop to give the young birds more space to run around.
  So, even though they are under the cover of an outbuilding you create secure rainproof space for them. And you get a cockerel.
Photo Credit David Morgan
 Then you see a breed of chicken that you really like and you buy a small incubator to hatch some eggs.
 And you hatch just a couple of chicks to add to your collection of birds that six months ago was just your first three chickens.
 And then the incubator breaks, so you may as well replace it with one that can incubate more eggs at a time.

Then you spot a breed of chicken that you know you just have to have.
Photo credit Breeder's photo
  And somehow you find some eggs of this lovely new breed are starting to hatch in your incubator.
 And you end up with a dozen little chicks running around, so now you have twenty-four chickens.
 And to house your growing collection of birds, you need another, slightly larger chicken house.
 And somewhere along the line you find that you have become a crazy chicken lady.

Even though most of your hatch turns out to be boys, that's okay, because they can be table birds and anyway, you find some commercial free-range hens that would be going to slaughter and you decide to rehome four to give you more eggs over winter. 

Of course you come home with nine of them.

As time goes on, some of the boys become table birds and your flock diminishes a little. Then you have a good think about your birds and you decide that the laying flock is pretty dull to look at and you fancy something more colourful and interesting to join the merry throng, so you start to look at what other breeds you might have to liven things up.
Photo credit - seller's photo from advert for hatching eggs
 I really like white birds and black birds, so a combination of those is ideal. These Light Sussex are a common chicken, but would be a nice addition.
Photo credit - seller's photo from advert for hatching eggs
 But then, spotty birds with punky hair-dos would be fun too. These are called Silver Crested Appenzeller Spitxhauben.
Photo credit

And Silver Laced Wyandottes are beautiful and somehow they become a must-have bird too.

So the incubator comes out of storage and gets plugged in again with some eggs in it to introduce some more variety into the flock. And so it goes on...

My suggestion is to be prepared to fall in love with chickens and just accept that Chicken Maths happens.

Please note that all my own photos were taken prior to the Avian Flu Prevention Zone order and our birds are now kept inside as required by law. 
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1 comment:

  1. Well it's always been my love .I have to see them every day .And give them a treat every other day .you're next breed should be gold tops .iv always liked them and they would work hard for you .They are fabulous


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