As a second year newbie, I respectfully request that you "OTs" lay it on! Many on this forum sincerely want to learn the old, time-tested ways and tricks of the trade...where else are we gonna get that information? Perhaps a good start would be for each of our OTs to make a list of maybe 5 points that they feel every chicken owner would benefit from knowing. Those that are on this forum for the purely social, etc. aspect can skip the advice and go right to the pictures on some other thread. I think it would be a shame to withhold valuable information and experience from those who would appreciate it in an effort to somehow not offend or put off those that know it all and don't need it.
That said...LAY IT ON ME, BABY!!!!!
I'm gonna start and get in trouble. But oh well, you asked.
1. Don't get too attached, they are chickens, not children.
2. Never put up with a mean rooster. Ever.
3. No matter if you are raising for eggs, meat or show... cull if needed. (If you are raising for pets I guess you can skip this one. )
4. Realize, like BeeKissed said, most things you see are slanted to the USDA and commercial producers. As my grandfather once told me "Believe nothing you read and only half of what you see"
5. Remember I don't know much either.