List Your Top 3 Mistakes............

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Ma, Sep 24, 2007.

  1. Ma

    Ma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 10, 2007
    Camanche, Iowa
    Being a person that has always learned more from my mistakes than from my accomplishments, I thought this would be an interesting querry.

    What, if you had to make a list, are your top 3 mistakes you made in raising your chickens?

    Or, things you would never do again?
  2. lurky

    lurky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    Top 3 mistakes.......

    1.) raising them in the house despite all the warnings from people saying how messy/dusty it will be.

    2.) Not getting silkies with my original order. I had them on order and changed it because i was told they were too much work by someone that never had a chicken in her life [​IMG] I LOVE MY SILKIES!!!!!

    3.) Not having the coop built when we got the chickens, thinking we had plenty of time [​IMG]

    4.) Not building it big will always need more room and want more chickens [​IMG]
  3. lacyloo

    lacyloo Cooped Up

    May 26, 2007
    north florida
    I the one who learns from her mistakes [​IMG]

    1. Dont give 9 week old chicks acsess to a 6 in kitty pool. one got drowned. :mad:

    2. Letting broody hen's set on 25 egg. guess what the all hatched !! :eek:

    3.Getting so many chickens / other poultry tha we are having to clear out another acre. [​IMG]
  4. Fancy Feather Poultry

    Fancy Feather Poultry Cooped Up

    May 30, 2007
    1. Incubating eggs instead of ordering chicks, takes too long and I dont have the patience.

    2. Not being able to go back in time and make sure my brother wasn't born [​IMG] .

    3. Not loving my chickens enough when they were babys.
  5. DuckLady

    DuckLady ~~~Administrator~~~BYC Store Support Staff Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    NE Washington State
    My top three mistakes.

    1) going to the feed store to LOOK only when a friend told me about the cute turken chicks.

    2) Believing a friend when she said she was NOT going to bring me any chicks on a trip over.

    3) Not listening to my husband when I told him we needed to have PLENTY of room for our original 2 chicks. He said we would end up getting more because of all the room.

    1) raising them in the house. As Lurky said, Oh the DUST!
    2) getting too many too fast. I should have gotten 2 or 3 new ones per year.
    3) not listening when people told me not to let them in the garden.
  6. sunnychooks

    sunnychooks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 21, 2007
    1 a. Not taking the threat of an active fox in my area seriously enough. I lost 26 five weeks old chicks in one night.
    1 b. Not having a coop that would withstand a hungry fox.

    2. Having my husband make a brooder that is bigger and fancier than most homes in my area. Of course, a tupperware container or a kid's pool would have been easier, cheaper and wouldn't have the "design flaws" that newbie chicken owners don't think of when they build something they've never seen before. [​IMG]

    3. I can't think of 3., but it will happen sooner or later. [​IMG]
  7. nccatnip

    nccatnip Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 5, 2007
    Piedmont area NC
    1. Not getting chickens soon
    2. see above
    3. see above
  8. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    1) Not being born wealthy, and staying that way.

    2) Not having chickens until almost mid life. [​IMG]

    3) See # 1
  9. Wooden_Pony

    Wooden_Pony Chillin' With My Peeps

    1.Getting chicks before a coop was even thought of.

    2. Getting more chicks with the coop still not completed (almost done.)

    3. Not telling DH that I was even thinking about bringing chicks home in the first place.... well, maybe that should have been #1 [​IMG]
  10. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    My biggest was not realizing that raccoons like chicken over barrel tipping any night of the week.
    2. Leaving a $20 bill still in your birthday card, and having Obelisk in the house...I'm still waiting for change.
    3. Not realizing how much I could love a bunch of birds.
    4. I shoulda gotten chickens, then maybe gotten married...the birds are so much easier.

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