Chicken Tips Do's and Don't's

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Rasuka, Mar 17, 2012.

  1. Rasuka

    Rasuka In the Brooder

    I'm writing a paper that's going to contain things about the care for chickens.
    There are a lot of people at my church that are interested in raising them.
    Some of us went to a seminar, but the man didn't cover a lot of the basics.

    So I was wondering if I could get some help from some of you!
    I need some tips Do's and Don't's from your experience, and please explain why you do this, or why you don't.

    Things I'm looking for::

    Treating them right
    Your personal choice on chicken housing, and bedding/roost
    Your personal choice on which breeds dwells with children. (Because we LOVE to hold them chickens! Don't you? <3)
    The right way to handle them (holding them in your arms etc.)
    Treats (healthier/cheaper/easier to obtain)
    Table Scraps
    Taming them
    Many ways to have fun with them.
    Teaching them tricks!
    Many other things you would love to throw in! (Please don't forget to explain WHY!)

    Thank you so much! All your tips will be so helpful!
    Have a very wonderful day!

    I won't forget to credit!

  2. RedIII

    RedIII Songster

    Nov 30, 2011
    Tooele, Utah
    I'll tell you one that I learned pretty quick. (I consider myself a "graduated" greenhorn)

    When picking up a chicken, do NOT simply grab one side or the other of the bird's body. DO gently grab both their wings and keep them clamped against the chicken's body. Otherwise, you're going to get one heck of a breezy face smack.
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  3. Rasuka

    Rasuka In the Brooder

    Thank you so much! I will write down your username so I may credit you!
  4. RedIII

    RedIII Songster

    Nov 30, 2011
    Tooele, Utah
    Thank you. Even if you don't credit me, that's fine. I just like to help [​IMG]
  5. RBOutdoors

    RBOutdoors Songster

    Sep 4, 2009
    While roosters aren't a necessity, they are very handy to keep around. We free range and started with 15 once we lost 7 we found a couple roosters. Since their arrival we haven't lost any.

  6. Rasuka

    Rasuka In the Brooder

    Thank you for your tip! ^.^
  7. duckinnut

    duckinnut Songster

    Jul 18, 2010
    Marshfield, Ma.
    My best advice to you is to filter a lot of recommendations. Everybody has different ways of doing things and none of them wrong because it is what works for them. You have to figure what you are trying to achieve. Set your goals and tweek accordingly. As far as breeds, you will get a 1000 varying opinions on this saying this or that is the best breed. Again look at your goals as well a breed chart. There are lots of factors when deciding,egg production, friendliness, flighty or docile, egg color, feather color, but the most important(my opinion) is climate hardiness whether it be cold or heat tolerance.There are other factors as well. I approached chickens the way I decided on a house with a list of needs and wants and got the breeds that was closest to what I was looking for. Good luck and [​IMG]
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  8. Rasuka

    Rasuka In the Brooder

    Thank you so much! I will note this down!
  9. audrey02026

    audrey02026 Songster

    Mar 25, 2011
    Dedham, Ma
    I am a huge advocate for Sand as bedding. Especially if you have a smaller flock. It's so much easier to clean the coop and compost the poop when you don't have all that extra bedding to deal with. I just use a reptile scoop or kitty litter scoop and it only takes 5-10 minutes a day or every other day just scoop out the poop and put it in a bucket or directly in the compost bin. When I had pine shavings I had so many and they took so long to decompose. I LOVE SAND!

  10. Rasuka

    Rasuka In the Brooder

    Thank you so much for your tip! ^^

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