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


Jul 1, 2020
Northeast Missouri
I live in a rural, livestock and grain producing area. So with no restrictions, having an agricultural background and working in the building trades. Getting set up to have chickens, plus various other farm animals was easy. There is a small (six houses on 3 plus acre lots )subdivision on the backside of the property my house sits on. Other than a discussion with the their HOA president. When I first moved in. My neighbors and I get along very well. Actually they have changed their HOA bylaws and they are now allowed to keep chickens (even roosters) and horses.


Feb 23, 2019
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.


Jul 14, 2021
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...).


Oct 12, 2021
We’re in a rural area and have lots of wood we repurpose but we definitely under estimated the will of a predator!!! We lost an entire flock to a determined raccoon that tore through chicken wire that was going across the top of one side about 5’ high (still not sure why it’s called chicken wire, it doesn’t protect chickens!!!) it was awful! You could see where the raccoon pulled them up the wall and through the wire. Now our coops are Fort Knox!

I have had and continue to have more learning experiences but that was definitely the most heartbreaking one.

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