Chicken Math is the idea that, since you can never tell if you’ve hatched a hen or a roo, you raise some extra chicks to ensure you have enough girls for your flock!
When we got our chicks from our friend, we originally wanted two or three- but we were explained chicken Math and encouraged to get four – figuring we would get 1 rooster.
If you’ve ever raised baby chicks in the city… then you know the sinking feeling you get when you first hear a little immature crow come from your babies! 🐔 especially when it’s a chorus of crows!!
Thankfully – my sister in NE has a friend who said she would take the two roosters… and we offered to give one of my sister’s newly born barncats a home!
Sounds like a fair trade to us!
So- the roosters were loaded into a cat crate and took a road trip with my parents!
For the return trip, my parents brought back the most adorable 6 week old kitten… Tiger 🐯!
We LOVE our new kitten!!!
I personally think we got the best end of the deal!! 😉
But our rooster saga doesn’t end there… one early Saturday morning, I heard… another dreaded crow… and saw that it was Shadow making the ruckus!
I put shadow on Craigslist and on a backyard chicken FB page… I pleaded for someone to give him and home… and finally found a taker… over an hour away in the country… and you better believe I happily made the drive to drop him off!
I breathed a large sigh of relief! No more roosters! I got two replacement hens- who get along well with Sunny- the last of the original chicks!
And we will live happily… ever… wait- what do I hear? A faint “cock-a-doodle-do”?!?
No joke- I heard a crow the other night… I didn’t see one of my chickens do it- I merely heard it…