Originally Posted by Peep-Chicken
Ah, I think I may of thought if a story. Sorry there may be errors and it's quite long.
Well, in 2009, I got my first chickens. Three polish and 9 turkeys. My dog ended up killing several of the turkey chicks so I gave them back to the person I got them from.
The next time I considered chickens was in 2013. I had gotten 6 chicks from TSC. I decided o would raise them for a friend and give them back when they got big, just to see if I wanted to get my own chickens. I also got 3 EEs for that friend that I would get back.
I ended up only getting two of the three back. Though the one EE hen died on my birthday even though dis everything for her. She was badly taken care of, she had severe bumblefoot and a bad cut.
Well those 9 chickens, all but three died in the first month I gave them back to the lady. I was devastated, I didn't think the chicks I raised would be eaten by predators! In July, I ordered 5 chicks from MPC. I had no idea what pullet meant still, so I ended up with two roosters.
In the fall I ended up having to rehome the roosters. I couldn't have two roosters with 3 hens! And I had small bantams, my Sussex rooster would crush them! The EE bantam was taken by someone on BYC. He was also a pet. I drive 6 hours to bring him to his home. He died a week later. I dint regime the Sussex till New Years. A lady on BYC took him as well. I got 3 polish and a Sumatra hen to ad to my flock.
The BYCer said I could have some of my beloved Sussex roosters chicks. By the time she had some, she refused to give one hen to me. I even offered pay. I ended up convincing her to give me my rooster back. The day before I was going to get him, she killed him.
At this point, because I never researched, I had spent at least $2,000 on chicken coops and medical bills(my Sumatra cut herself bad, and I'm sure I could of treated it instead of spending $500 on it).
I was ready to give up on chickens, all of my pets just kept dying. But I realized there was good from them too. They amused me so much. The eggs where just a bonus.
I was very inspired when I met some of the chicken people on BYC. Birdman was defiantly a great inspiration. So dedicated to his birds, it was great to follow his thread.
Right now I have 16 chickens and would like to get quail(the quail mainly because of what I read of birdmans quail). I am so glad I kept chickens, even with all I have lost.