When it equals a new feed store screwup or two or three!
I had very bad success (none) with hatching my own eggs with my incubator. After the 25th day I decided they were never going to hatch. So out of 20 eggs I had 3 the had started developing but hadn't finished, 2 almost babys that didn't make it, and a whole lot of rotten eggs! I decided to postpone figuring out where I went wrong and trying again in favor of some chicks in Casper I'd heard about.
I called up the number and found out that they had several hundred pullets (RIR and Red sex-links) and also some roosters. The roos were $.99 a piece and the pullets were $2.69 each. Hmmm not bad...some of the feed stores sell them for a whopping $5 each. So I called up a friend of mine and found out she would be making the trip to Casper the very next day. She agreed to pick up my order. I called the store back and ordered 15 pullets (sex-linked) and 1 barred rock rooster.
The next day my friend calls me and tells me she's back and I can come get my chicks. I show up at her place and...*mistake #1* I have 25 pullets and no rooster!
I really wanted a barred rock roo to replace my current "I have no idea what he is" roo. Friend says "I'm going back on tuesday I'll pick you up a roo then". Okay...
Tuesday the phone rings...*mistake #2* the store ordered 200 chicks for a woman only to have her skip town, they have more chicks then they can handle and know what to do with. He'll make us a great deal on them if we want them and Friend will go in on it with me. Hmm...I talk with the store owner. He says $2 a pullet. I say $1.50. He laughs, "that's below MY cost, split the difference, $1.75." WOOOHOOO my mind yells. I tell Friend I can only afford $50 worth, as I'm digging in the rabbit money (money from selling baby rabbits) She brings home a box of chicks and my barred rock. After putting the chicks away and feeding and watering I look at the reciept and find we've been charged for 40 pullets and 10 roos.
Few days later I notice some of the chicks need their rears cleaned. So I grab a box and a washcloth and head out. After catching every single stinkin chick *sigh* and checking them I shoved them in the box. When I was done I spread new shavings, fed, watered and started counting. *mistake #3* I have 2 barred rock roos not 1 and a total of 90 chicks! The reciepts say we paid for 75! hmmm.... lol
Anyone want chicken???!!!