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bad or half-baked chicken advice you've received?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Jill Richardson, Oct 27, 2011.

  1. Jill Richardson

    Jill Richardson Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi guys,
    I'm trying to write an article for a magazine on bad advice or half-baked advice that is commonly passed around among backyard chicken keepers. In my own life, I've gotten plenty of advice that often wasn't bad per se - it just wasn't the whole story. Por ejemplo, putting day old chicks under a broody. Not bad advice, but not said was the fact that my hen could reject the chicks, which she did. Also not said was that if she did accept them, she'd want to raise them instead of going back to laying ASAP.

    What are other things people have told you to do with your chickens, and what else do you wish they also told you so you had the full story?

    Thanks,
    Jill
     
  2. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    I haven't gotten this advice, but I've read of it often. It's that scratch or corn is perfectly fine as chicken feed. Now evidently there actually IS a type of scratch out there (possibly home mixed) that has the proper nutrient balance. But MOST commercial scratches, and corn for certain, have very low protein levels. Most layer feed has at least 16% protein (needed in egg production and feather regrowth), while MOST scratch mixes only have 9% or less. Same with things like Flock Block - basically just a scratch/treat block...maybe 9 or 10% protein.
     
  3. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

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    How about "keep the entire brooder at a consistent 95 degrees"? Oh sure, if you want roasted peeps! Fortunately, I got better advice here before the chicks arrived.
     
  4. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    Feeding corn will "heat them up" in the summer and keep them warmer in the winter
    Feeding them their own eggs/shells will make them become "egg eaters"
    Feeding them apples or other fruits will affect egg production
    Square roosts prevent frost bit toes and round roosts do not
    Drafts in the coop will cause your chickens to sicken and die
    Drafts in the coop will cause frost bit combs
    Feeding meaties continuously and providing lights for them is the only way to grow them out
    Disinfecting the coop/waterers/feeders on a regular basis is the only way to prevent disease in the flock
    Eggs must be refridgerated to remain fresh
    Eggs must be washed to prevent food contamination/bacteria
    Free ranging is just putting chickens at risk
    Feeding chicks medicated feeds is the only way to prevent cocci
    Slitting a chicken's throat when he is upside down will cause it to breathe blood into it's airway
    Schooling an aggressive roo will only cause him to be more aggressive
     
  5. dragonlair

    dragonlair Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How about the hens need a rooster in order to lay eggs myth.

    Brown eggs are healthier than white
     
  6. m_shuman

    m_shuman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Fertile eggs have a blood spot in them.
     
  7. darkmatter

    darkmatter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just about any unsolicited advice from people without chickens or only have a few chickens for less then a year was not only wrong but just plain stupid.
    Even advice from people with chickens seemed okay until I visited their setup/coop and got the overwhelming ammonia stench of a poorly managed system.
    The best advice I got was when building my coop, an old friend of my fathers recommended I built the ladder roost suspended and on pivots to be able to swing it up out of the way.
    Most of my good practice ideas/construction came from old-time Organic magazine publications describing techniques that had been in use for centuries. (Like my sub-ground level dirt floor composting pit in the coop) And an Mother Earth News article about buildings that have stood the test of time for over a century---like roof overhangs, rot proof foundations keeping wood parts above ground, drip edges, and solar orientation.
     
  8. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    Quote:X2
     
  9. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    Quote:This is a very good point. Using the examples that Beekissed cites (not picking on you Bee as they are common examples that appear here often).

    Quote:Except for the upside down chicken line every one of those others can be both a NO and a YES at the same time. You have to have the whole story to know whether it's true or false.
     
  10. duckinnut

    duckinnut Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You have a nice big yard,"YOU SHOULD GET SOME CHICKENS".

    Not that it was truly bad advice but me being me I didn't wade into the tide of chickens,I had to jump in full throttle. Always thinking about how I can better the coop even though its a taj mahal and thinking the next breeds I am going to get. Granted it has been rewarding but has become an addiction. You know because hunting and fine bourbon and a finer cigar wasn't enough hobby. But loving every minute of it all.

    Thanks for the advice.
     

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