We are only about 8 months in, but we have had some definite fails and surprises. Here are some lessons I have learned. 1. Never expect that your chicken will not bathe/flail in any dirt or in our case wood chipping meticulously laid in a pathway around a garden causing an extreme mess. We are now in the process of vacuuming the lawn and laying a brick pathway. 2. Never expect that your chickens and vegetable garden will live in harmony a'la some French impressionist painting. Learned that one after I planted my new spring garden, went away for the day and came back to a leveled garden...one 4 hour period! 3. Poop...oh the poop. Let's just say free-range and patio sets may not be the best idea. 4. Speaking of poop, the size! I thought chicken poop would be petite somehow, not the case....at all. 5. Hens can be loud. Not sure why I didn't know that, but I didn't. They squak every morning when the sun comes up..still hoping we won't get that ackward talk from a neighbor. 6. The depths you will go to to make those little girlies happy and healthy. Form sprouted foods, chicken gardens, mealworm farming, probiotics etc. and it all sounds perfectly reasonable to me. Anybody else have any lessons or stories to share?