Well, when I started looking into chickens, I was pretty excited. I was lucky and only had to buy the wire for my coop, most of the supplies were already on the property. Looking back though, lumber wise it would ahve cost about $200 or more. Thats hinges, nails, U pegs for the wire, ply wood too. Providing you have the tools it should not be much more. I paid $150 for all the wire mesh, 1/2 inch and the 1" chicken mesh. Totalling close to $350-$400
When i did get my birds I still continued reading about them. And then I started reading about diseases. Long lists of diseases!
So now, I have a very paranoid fear of my birds dying because of...well ANYthing.
I almost feel i need a pharmacist in the basement, a Vet in the garage and a Biohazard suit just to touch my birds!
Im sure with time I will calm down, but if you really obsess about the little things, you will loose out on the fun of having chickens. Ive gotten to the point now where I'm almost sad because a lot of the joy was robbed by the horror stories I read here. Now every twitch my birds make could be a possible sign of imminent death!
If you are going to get chickens, look over the diseases page and really think about how you would be able to handle some of the serious complications and health issues that comes with owning chickens.
Yes there is a dark side and it can be very sad, but it is very real. On the other hand, owning chickens can be a complete joy! being able to sit and watch them is so much fun! They are so silly, goofy and full of personality! So if you really are wanting tog et them, read read read and think for a loooong time! Owning chickens is like being responsible for any living thing. You can just get bored and walk away. Once you start, you are in it for the long haul! Not to mention if you get chicken fever, you will never be the same again!
Edited by Reurra - 4/27/12 at 1:32pm