Things You Wish You Would Have Known?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by RodBrandt, May 23, 2016.

  1. wamtazlady

    wamtazlady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    LOL..I was supposed to keep it at 9. Now have 13 hens and a rooster...5 goslings and 4 ducklings. Didn't want any of the critters to be lonely.
     
  2. austrolover1

    austrolover1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. austrolover1

    austrolover1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My family laughed so hard at that pic!!!!
     
  4. lcertuche

    lcertuche Chillin' With My Peeps

    I wish I'd known that with a flock of 8 broody hens I would end up with over 60 chickens in less than a year. They laid 2 and 3 clutches of eggs each!
     
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  5. austrolover1

    austrolover1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. TroyerGal

    TroyerGal Chillin' With My Peeps

    not every chick death = coccidiosis
     
  7. Deleon98

    Deleon98 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wish I would've known that chickens are practically gateway birds. Soon after I got ducks and now turkeys XD
    I wish I would've known that chicken math is real and that my Walmart chicken coop would've gradually gotten too small.
     
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  8. ChaddiX

    ChaddiX Chillin' With My Peeps

    Welcome to keeping chickens!!

    You said you're doing research for a project? Chicken projects usually mean you're breeding something, so I guess I wish I knew exactly why I chose to keep chickens and what my limitations were BEFORE I got them. Cost, space (local ordinance), and time are some common limitations.

    I chose to keep chickens to develop a "big bird" looking chicken... a wow factor for when I host parties and get-togethers.

    But chicken math is real and I was enamored by all the other cool looking birds and coloured eggs that I also acquired birds not needed for my breeding project (added space, pens... and how would I continue the chocolate, blue, and green eggs after?!)

    I am the last house in a housing development (1 next door neighbor) adjacent to a cow pasture and wildlife preserve, but still fall under a city ordinance of no more than 3 hens and 0 roosters. There was no way I could have a big bird breeding project and maintain a colourful egg basket operation in my tiny backyard (too many rooster and too many pens).

    I'm lucky that the cow farmers didn't care I built an illegal door from my backyard to their grazing pasture... my flock has so much land to graze on, but **** the days I forgot to close that illegal door and ALL types of predators have wondered into my backyard to include coyotes, foxes, skunks, and raccoons.

    Summation:
    1.) GET a(n) (SOLAR PANEL) AUTOMATIC DOOR!! It will literally save lives!!
    2.) Be clear on why you're getting chickens and stick to it, especially with the more limitations you have
    3.) Chicken math is real - so at least get them from a breeder(superior quality)
    4.) Ditto on all the aforementioned posts (basic health care and husbandry, chicken T.V., they will steal your hearts; they're like dogs w/o the separation anxiety!)
     
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  9. golfpro

    golfpro New Egg

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    how easy and how much fun they are...to watch and take care of....yes there are daily chores but i am thankful they have room to free range...every day has been a joy...was disappointed when i found out some of my hens were really roosters...
     
  10. RodBrandt

    RodBrandt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG]Haha! Thanks.
     
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