My recommendation for new chicken people is think out what you want your chickens for, the way we do things with our flock would be different from someone doing them for pets of show as ours are a food source, we take measures to ensure their health and well being without medication. Each flock will be different though based on the owners train of thought and what the purpose of the birds is and the set up. If you think things through and do a little research you'll know what to expect and be prepared for just about anything because the birds will teach you a lot too. It isn't all fun and games raising animals as pets or food and you need to be able to make the decision that is best for the bird.
Ours for the most part give us unlimited comedy as they were raised by a drake the same age, so far the only thing that's caused me stress are them dang smart alec magpies and when we first took them outside we had to do a lot of supervising as we were teaching them where home was along with showing safe spots as they were being allowed to free range and there are hawks eagles and other predators and their boundries as they have the backyard, and 5 acres of pasture but didn't want them in the front yard. They will keep you on your toes that's for sure.
Ever seen a chicken fishing? when they are allowed to free range you never know what they are gonna do it's usually what ever makes them happy, but they have a boxer,farm cat. a drake and 2 roosters that watch over them.
Chickens are great they are a food source and do what is best for the flock not so much ups and downs. Some people think of them more as pets or family those are the ones that will have more issues with ups and downs, not much I can think of to help there as was raised on the farm and sickness and death is just a part of life for humans and animals we do the best we can to make it a happy life.
Edited by slordaz - 12/10/15 at 7:11am