Official BYC Poll: What Is Your Least Favorite Thing About Keeping Chickens?

What is your least favorite thing about keeping chickens?

  • Cleaning out poopy bedding.

    Votes: 127 32.6%
  • Preventing picking and overcrowding.

    Votes: 30 7.7%
  • Keeping one step ahead of predators

    Votes: 63 16.2%
  • Coping with illness/parasites.

    Votes: 152 39.0%
  • Refreshing & refilling the feed and water.

    Votes: 26 6.7%
  • Closing your flock up at night and letting them out in the morning.

    Votes: 22 5.6%
  • Dealing with aggressive roosters

    Votes: 38 9.7%
  • Nothing! I love everything about it.

    Votes: 23 5.9%
  • Other (elaborate in a reply below)

    Votes: 60 15.4%
  • Dealing with death in the flock

    Votes: 161 41.3%

  • Total voters


Jul 1, 2017
Upper Midwest, USA
Hostile-to-chickens local officials. I think it is legal for me to keep them but it is due to a loophole in the zoning - they didn't consider some residences are in the commercial zones so the zoning doesn't forbid them like it does in residential or restrict them like it does in rural non-ag zones. I think they would close the loophole if they noticed it.

I would like to have a rooster and to give the chickens more space. I'm not willing to risk a fight over it or to take much risk of losing them.

Second least favorite thing is the cost of building the coop this spring and summer.

Crzy Chi Lady

9 Years
Sep 29, 2012
Phx AZ
Death, that is my least favourite part of keeping chickens. Even if you didn’t have an attachment to the chicken you lost it’s just heartbreaking listening to your others chickens cry out for them. It’s even worse when one of your mother hens loses her child and then they sit around crying for them.
I experienced the crying in particular with a bantam roo I once had. He had been around a long time. The hens loved him. He was a sweet guy. I even heard them crow. Which they never did before. As if they were calling him after he was gone. :(


Counting Chickens B4 They're Hatched
Sep 12, 2020
east central Arizona
So far, I haven't experienced an adult chicken's death, but I have had some chicks pass. I came close to losing a pullet a few days ago, then got some advice from this board. She's doing fine now. I chose clean-up as my least favorite. While I enjoy all the chickens, the roo is my favorite. He's a friendly character, and if he were to pass, that would be the hardest.

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