Thought this might be a fun thread, everyone can chime in.... (Moderators...if I am putting this in the wrong place I apologize in advance...) Some things I have learned... That you will find yourself being a vet and doing things to chickens that you would never consider doing to any other pet. For me that was bumblefoot surgery, followed by shots of antibiotic. Never thought I would do something like that, but we saved my hen. (The vets around here have the idea that chickens are a waste of their time.) That what starts out as "livestock" with the intent to provide your family with eggs and some extra meat will quickly turn into "My Babies." They will have names and become part of the family. That you will find yourself buying things at the grocery store just for them. For me that is watermelon...I detest any kind of melon and hate to touch it, but I have bought more watermelon this summer for my babies than I have ever bought in a lifetime. That the grocery store clerk will grimace when you tell her that the watermelon that she just rang up looks really good and you reply back "It is for my chickens!" That you will consider the folks at the feed store part of your family now...after all, you see them more than some of your own family. That you will look at every small building (or even large) one and say to yourself or in some cases even say out loud that it would make a great coop. That after you have had a hen in your garage, bathroom, bedroom or even living room (chicken hospital) for more than a few days it just becomes part of your day. But that when you go to reintroduce her to the flock you wish you would have had a friend with her, so she was not lonely and now the newbie that gets picked on when she goes back to the others. That a chicken will want to run and fly after being kenneled for several days...in my case, she flew right into a pole, which I thought for sure was going to result in her going right back to the garage. But she is fine. That you used to brag up your kids to other people, but now all you can do is talk chicken to people. That you are now considering how to break it to your husband that you really would like to redecorate the kitchen with chickens and roosters, even though it was only a year ago that you turned your kitchen into something straight of of Italy, with grapes and wine. (In my case, I am going to slowly just start adding some stuff in...) When people you have not spoken to in ages hear you have fresh eggs and are suddenly calling and casually inquiring about what is new in your life. That you have driven hundreds of miles to procure pullets/chicks. For me it has been nearly 1000 since the 4th of July weekend. That you spend countless hours just watching chicken TV. That three months ago you thought all chickens were the same, now you have breed books, charts, and websites you refer too and can now spot the difference between breeds based on combs, ears, muffs, leg colors, etc. That you talk to your chickens about anything and everything under the sun. That you buy hanging baskets of flowers to hang in their run, because they need some color and pretties too. That you commission someone to paint a mural on the side of your coop, because it is just sooo cool. (See avatar.) That you will spend your weekends at a poultry show and swap, that is over 100 miles away...just to see some cool chickens. Something that starts out little will end up bigger...the coop, the run, the number of chickens you plan on having, etc. It is what most people lovingly refer to as chicken math. However, at the same time your flock, coop, run and heart grow and grow...your bank balance will decrease. That you will find the people on this site the most friendly, helpful people ever and you will spend hours on here reading, learning and sharing everything under the sun about chickens. So what have you learned????