You have 10 chickens as pets.
You opened their coop in the morning and 9 came out. You looked inside but the remaining one is not dead. The 9 outside were eating their food but you noticed one of them had blue legs.
You thought it had become dirty and so it was not a big deal.
The next day, when you opened their coop, again 1 did not come out for food and 3 of the feeding chickens were eaten by the cat outside the coop.
The very next day, when you were away, 5 of your chickens were eaten by the cat while inside their coop.

So can you explain, why did the cat only eat 5 chickens in the end?

Hint: There is more than one conclusion to the story. so, you have to figure out what happened to the chicken.

Hint2: Blue legs is also a sign of disease in chickens

  • $\begingroup$ I hope you don't mind, I've edited the wording of your question to make it more readable. If there are any significant changes which affect the idea of the puzzle, please let me know. $\endgroup$ – hexomino Aug 30 '19 at 9:12
  • $\begingroup$ The cat was full? 8 chicken in 2 days, thats a lot for one cat, leaving the rest for tomorrow... I think your question is too broad. If you have a specific conclusion in mind, please give more hints to lead us in the right direction. $\endgroup$ – Bananenkopp Aug 30 '19 at 9:52
  • $\begingroup$ @Bananenkopp don't take it personally. there can be more than one cat. $\endgroup$ – Sayed Mohd Ali Aug 30 '19 at 9:55
  • $\begingroup$ @Bananenkopp Just think if you are a detective or police and you have to solve any case then there can be more than one conclusion to the story. so you have to think about what can happen and need to give the possible solution according to the scenario in front of you. Here in the story either chicken can escape, chicken can die or chicken can be taken away. It is not too broad... $\endgroup$ – Sayed Mohd Ali Aug 30 '19 at 10:29
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    $\begingroup$ @Sayed Mohd Ali A riddle should not have more than one correct answer but here It is based on your personal opinion which one gets accepted, not on the riddle itself. Therefore I asked you to narrow it down through hints to the answer you had in mind as this broad kind of questions are not "allowed" here. $\endgroup$ – Bananenkopp Aug 30 '19 at 10:47

On day one

9 living chicken went out of the coop
1 living chicken stayed in the coop (you looked after it)
From the 9 chicken 1 chicken got blue feet disease

On day two

1 chicken did not come out (you did not look after it this day) so i assume it died from hunger as it never comes out to eat
1 chicken with blue feet disease from day before also died today
3 chicken were eaten by the cat
this leaves 5 living chicken at the end of the day

On day three

All 5 remaning living chicken were eaten in the coop by the cat.

On day four

The cat dies of obesity because it has eaten to much chicken

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  • $\begingroup$ yes, the other conclusion is that you have taken 2 sick chicken away for treatment with you... $\endgroup$ – Sayed Mohd Ali Aug 30 '19 at 10:23
  • $\begingroup$ @SayedMohdAli You've accepted this as correct but you've still given another conclusion? So basically there were multiple answers to this story, so how was it a puzzle? $\endgroup$ – Astralbee Aug 30 '19 at 10:39
  • $\begingroup$ 1st day 9 came out. so 1 of the chicken is either sick because when chicken are sick they stop moving much and there was one more chicken that was ill, the one outside. so the next day the 2 sick chicken either died or you have taken them/kept away for treatment. now there is only 8 chicken in the coop, from 8 of the feeding chiken 3 were eaten by cat. so, on the last day only 5 chicken were left in the coop and they were aten by the cat. $\endgroup$ – Sayed Mohd Ali Aug 30 '19 at 10:55
  • $\begingroup$ @bananenkopp... for the cat part, it is not asked but it seems you are more worried about it. so, I will tell you I have not specified the cat size and chicken size. a big cat can eat lot of small chicken. and the cat loves to toy their hunt just like tigers, so that doesn't mean they need to eat whole of it. they can leave them untouched after killing them. and another possibility is the cat came on day one is other can and the cat came on day 2 is another. cat also sometimes take away their hunt with them for their babies... $\endgroup$ – Sayed Mohd Ali Aug 30 '19 at 11:08

In your story, 2 chickens of yours apparently escaped, leaving 8 of your original 10. On one day you found 3 dead outside the pen, on another day you found 5 dead in the pen.

The reason why you only lost 5 is:

Not all of the dead chickens were your pets.

The reason I think this is:

On day one, you found that one of the chickens had blue legs. This is actually a different breed of chicken. Blue-legged chickens are Ameraucanas, the other similar looking breed is Araucanas. It sounds like, even before the cat turned up, your chickens were escaping and other chickens that were not yours were getting in, perhaps from a neighbouring pen? So 5 of the dead chickens were yours, the 3 others belonged to somebody else, and some are just MIA. This is perhaps why you wrote "3 of the feeding chickens were eaten", whereas you later specified that "5 of your chickens were eaten".

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  • $\begingroup$ there can be more than one conclusion to the story. $\endgroup$ – Sayed Mohd Ali Aug 30 '19 at 9:11

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