Official BYC Poll: Which Challenges Did You Face in Getting Backyard Chickens?

Which Challenges Did You Face in Getting Backyard Chickens?

  • Building/buying the coop

    Votes: 96 48.0%
  • Arranging a secure run

    Votes: 83 41.5%
  • Limiting myself to only a small number of birds and breeds

    Votes: 71 35.5%
  • Picking out the best breed for me

    Votes: 28 14.0%
  • Hatching enough females

    Votes: 19 9.5%
  • Finding the best place to buy sexed chickens

    Votes: 37 18.5%
  • Convincing my significant other

    Votes: 40 20.0%
  • No hurdles; it was easy

    Votes: 33 16.5%
  • I had to change the laws in my area

    Votes: 5 2.5%
  • I’m still not there, yet

    Votes: 5 2.5%
  • Other (elaborate in a reply below)

    Votes: 21 10.5%

  • Total voters
    200

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Whether you want to raise chickens for your own eggs or your own meat, you want to be self-sufficient. You have done your research on basic chicken care. When it came to getting chickens, what are the biggest challenges you encountered?

Place your vote above, and please elaborate in a reply below if you chose "Other".

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K0k0shka

Crowing
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Jul 24, 2019
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My Coop
My Coop
A nasty neighbor discovered a gray area in the zoning law that didn't strictly define the laws around chicken-keeping, and he tried to exploit that to get the town to take my chickens away. After a prolonged battle that turned ugly, the town took my side and rewrote the laws to make it explicitly clear that chickens are not to be regulated. I haven't heard from that neighbor since (knock on wood... I still have PTSD and am too afraid to celebrate, because you never know with people like that). That's it though, everything else has been smooth sailing.
 

jsbugg

In the Brooder
Oct 1, 2019
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A nasty neighbor discovered a gray area in the zoning law that didn't strictly define the laws around chicken-keeping, and he tried to exploit that to get the town to take my chickens away. After a prolonged battle that turned ugly, the town took my side and rewrote the laws to make it explicitly clear that chickens are not to be regulated. I haven't heard from that neighbor since (knock on wood... I still have PTSD and am too afraid to celebrate, because you never know with people like that). That's it though, everything else has been smooth sailing.
I'm sorry you have to deal with a nasty neighbor. Maybe they'll move soon. I was lucky with my next door neighbor. The town ordinance dictates that the coop and run have to be 10 feet from the property line. When the animal control officer came to inspect my coop before I was granted a license the neighbor cae over and told the officer that he was happy that I had my coop and run behind my garage close enough to his back porch so he and his wife could sit on their porch and see and hear my hens. I got my license and the coop is only 4 feet from the property line! My neighbors are out every morning and eat their breakfast on the porch on nice days when I go out to let my girls out into their run. they say they love to see how goofy the birds are when they get a little running room and love to hear the egg song. Of course I share extra eggs with them often.
 

3KillerBs

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Jul 10, 2009
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My Coop
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Other -- We needed to get our housing and employment situation into a position where I wasn't working long hours and we weren't in the middle of trying to move.

Other -- the price of lumber while building the new coop.

Other -- finding the breeds we wanted when I couldn't order them but, instead, had to buy locally.
 

TooCheep

Crowing
Feb 23, 2019
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Indiana
My biggest difficulty was the fact that I was bootstrapping from nearly zero when I started. I had no friends/neighbors who had chickens. No previous personal experience. No farming/livestock background.

I spent a *lot* of time reading, viewing videos, and searching for online resources. BackYardChickens was a big help here. I had to learn about breeds, housing, general care, health, etc.

5 years later and I'm now an old hand at it. I'm glad I took the journey.
 

jklhgyfhg

Songster
Jul 14, 2021
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Other - Deciphering information before even getting started!
deciphering the squabbles over accurate and inaccurate information (not this blog, this one, not this youtuber etc).
Deciphering the squabble between those who do things conventionally vs those who like to try new things differently. (If we never tried something new, we would never progress to make changes in the world.)
Deciphering between those who have high standards most likely for breading purposes and keeping lineage or keep chickens as pets, and their opinions and standards coming down very hard on those not doing exactly like they do vs people who have chickens as an addition to their farm/for eggs or meat production and most likely just use what they have to make it work.
And then of course there is deciphering information from people (or businesses) who really don't know what they're talking about (like looking at a conventionally made pre-fab coop said to house up to x number of birds when really it can house less than half that number, which then leads to its own problems...).
 

kurby22

Crowing
Apr 12, 2021
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Sacramento Area, California
I picked buying a coop and keeping the numbers down. I am the handy one in the family, and I got a D in Home Ec haha…so building our own was not possible. Thus buying one became the option but cost was very prohibitive! So we started with a prefab, but I knew that wasn’t gonna work once everyone was full sized. So we had to start saving and figuring out the best fit for our backyard. We also don’t have a huge amount of backyard that’s available for chickens and we live in the suburbs so finding the right coop, the right amount of chickens and the right breeds for containment was definitely the most difficult part of getting set up for chickens! We are all set now and I’m super happy! 😍
 

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