If you knew then what you know now...

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by EmilieDu, Aug 30, 2010.

  1. EmilieDu

    EmilieDu New Egg

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    Hi everyone

    My name is Emilie and I am a pre-chicken keeper. I plan on aquiring the birds from a local keeper in mid October, once we have moved into our new farmhouse and have built the chicken theirs. I am wondering what people think was the most important lesson they learned in the beggining of their chicken keeping lives. What do you wish you had done differently? Let me know!
    Thanks everyone
    Emilie
     
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    My getting chickens did not involve any planning. One day no chickens, just talking to friend about taking hers (in several months). Next day She showed up with 3 chickens and a hutch/coop.
    I wouldn't change anything. It's been a fun ride, but the first day I was totally NOT prepared for the size of the poop. OMG, my chicken days almost ended the first day. [​IMG]

    Imp- I'm now one with the poop.
     
  3. Mattemma

    Mattemma Overrun With Chickens

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    I wish I would have kept a med kit for the chickens. Having our roo die at 13 weeks really made me realise I need to have more things on hand to start treating them right away. I also wish I had build a secure run instead of having to hen sit every time the hens are outside.
     
  4. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    Ever since my son and daughter in law bought me my first chicks 3 years ago, I've been hooked ever since!! I love my chickens, and like others have said, wouldn't change a thing!! [​IMG]
     
  5. chickendude

    chickendude Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your coop and or run is never big enough. simply because in the near future you will want to get more chickens. So build yours bigger than you think you will need.
     
  6. Karrie13

    Karrie13 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2009
    Minnesota
    Quote:Very true! I started out just wanting a couple, then purchased 13 (hence my screen name), but now I am the keeper of 56 birds. I am working on building another coop and run so make sure to build it bigger than you ever thought you will need because it wont take long to fill it up!
     
  7. joletabey

    joletabey SDWD!!!!

    Apr 9, 2009
    western NC
    Read everything you can about coops before you get one, and make sure it is one you can clean easily!
     
  8. Campine Lover

    Campine Lover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When one of your (favorite! [​IMG]) hens goes missing, LOOK EVERYWHERE! She may just be under the deck, brooding, and a racoon might eat her. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  9. key west chick

    key west chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 31, 2008
    Gainesville, GA
    I wish I had made my coop much bigger. And had planned on adding more coops to keep different breeds separated.
     
  10. StupidBird

    StupidBird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just go ahead and buy the whole rolls of hardware cloth. Overbuild. Be prepared for a new level of fun, and a new level of your relatives and friends thinking you've lost it! Realize no one will believe you that there are chicken saddles and chicken diapers.

    You will be addicted to BYC. Resistance is futile.
     

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