If you have chickens, you know how to do chicken math. I’ve never been good at math. In fact, I refuse to do math after 12:00 pm. If you need something figured out, you’d better get to me between 8 and noon, or I have no idea what you’re talking about. Chicken math, however, came quite easily to me and I feel as though I could be a natural chicken mathematician.
Let’s work through an example.
Chris wanted 4 hens. She went to the Rural King and the minimum purchase is six chicks. Chris purchased six chicks. How many chickens does she have?
ANSWER: NONE. Chicks don’t count in chicken math.
How about another example, just to make things more clear.
Chris has six chicks. She went to the Rural King for supplies. There are two trains heading in opposite directions that have no chickens on them, traveling at 50 miles an hour. How many chickens does Chris have?
ANSWER: Even though Chris purchased six more chicks, she has NO chickens…because chicks don’t count. And who cares about trains with no chickens on them?
Okay, okay…one more.
Chris wants 12 chickens. She has 12 chicks (which don’t count) and three of them are roosters (which also don’t count), how many chicks does she have to buy to have 12 chickens?
ANSWER: It doesn’t matter, she’s just going to keep buying chickens.
Got it? It’s really not that hard. What you have doesn’t count, hatching eggs are not even included in equations and no matter how many you thought you’d have, you discover that you need more because you really don’t have any. Simple.
As I’ve been raising the chicks (which don’t count), I’ve also discovered the phenomenon of “Chickentime”. It’s completely different than keeping regular time. it’s a bit more difficult to explain than chicken math, but let me give you examples and I think you’ll pick it up pretty quickly.
Here we go…Chris has 12 young chickens. She feeds the chickens every morning and lets them out of their coop. How long does it take Chris to do the activities listed in chickentime.?
ANSWER: I don’t know, I haven’t seen Chris since last Tuesday since she went out to feed the chickens.
Another example: Chris has 8 baskets of laundry to do. She goes out to take the chickens a basket of weeds. How long will it take Chris to do the laundry?
ANSWER: NO CLUE. Haven’t seen Chris since last Tuesday when she went out to take the chickens a basket of weeds and by the way…there are no clean towels. Take a chamois from the garage if you want to dry off.
Getting it? One more example.
Chris needs to clean the bathroom and bedroom. How long will it take her in chickentime?
ANSWER: Cleaning is not allowed in computing chickentime. I’m going out to the coop.
So the next time your family criticizes the huge pile of laundry in the laundry room that growled at them when they went to look for socks, or wonders why they haven’t seen the top of the kitchen counter for three months, explain chickentime to them.
Because you simply don’t have time for these silly extra activities in chickentime…but since they don’t OBSERVE chickentime, they most certainly DO have time and show them to the laundry room where they can start on the growling, quivering heap on the floor, or they can start working on Mount Dishmore in the kitchen.
If you need me, I’ll be on chickentime today…out in the coop.