Things You Wish You Would Have Known?

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

  1. BirdsNRabbits

    BirdsNRabbits Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 18, 2016
    Yes! Never wear anything flashy in the coop. Different shoes, Jeans that have strings hanging off, pants with paint on them. Never [​IMG]

    Love this thread by the way! [​IMG]
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  2. potato chip

    potato chip lunch-sharer

    And for the young ones, stay out of the sun. Freckles are food, according to birds.
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  3. Margot30

    Margot30 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 2, 2015
    They also like to peck their reflection, even if that reflection is in your eyeball!
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  4. Beer can

    Beer can Chicken Obsessed

    Aug 12, 2014
    Upstate NY
    I personally had great luck with production reds and not impressed with sexlinks. A lot has to do with the hatchery/strain they come from.
    Downfall to both is they go down hill after their first excellent year laying.
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  5. 2MooreChicks

    2MooreChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2016
    Fayetteville, Tennessee
    That keeping chickens in town is not the same as keeping chickens on the farm. As a kid chickens were part of the landscape; you shut them up at night, let them out in the morning, fetched egg, and threw scratch in the yard if it was cold out. But city chickens need soooooooo much stuff). For instance I never would have thought to give my chickens grit if not for BYC. Nor would I have known wth a chunnel or a chicken swing was. Although the chicken swing seems to be more for the chicken keeper's amusement.
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  6. fireredcannon

    fireredcannon Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 13, 2016
    Wells ny
    That chick starter is not a good option for starting ducks too, slipped tendions can be fixed if you catch it in time and you know what you're looking at, and just because the haris 30lb feeders aren't sold with a lid doesn't mean they don't need a lid...
    Last edited: May 24, 2016
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  7. Coop de Grass

    Coop de Grass Chillin' With My Peeps

    That chickens come with flies... and that fly traps stink...
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  8. Lefu Ntlele

    Lefu Ntlele New Egg

    Aug 26, 2014
    I never know that my girls can lay eggs without the cock . And that 5 hens drive away hunger. 5 hens equals 4 or
    5 eggs per day .Feeding them mostly food scraps from the kitchen.
    Last edited: May 25, 2016
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  9. Reno Dan

    Reno Dan New Egg

    Apr 23, 2015
    Not to buy whats just available at the store. With so many different breeds try an mix it up. Add some color to your eggs by getting Cream Legbars (blue eggs) and Easter eggers (green eggs).
    Started last year with 2 Reds, 2 Jersey giants, 1 Australorp, 1 Blue Cochin, and 1 grey bantam.
    Currently have 1 Red, 1 Australorp, 1 Specked Cochin, 1 white chicken ?, 1 grey bantam and recently added 2 cream legabrs, 1 Cuckoo Marans, 1 sex link. (and 2 chicks recently died of Cocci:
    1 out of the 2 cuckoo marans i recently got and 1 turkey :(
    Have Corid on hand just in case. First time I tried using non medicated feed to our new chicks/ turkey ended up getting cocci and it has spread to the whole flock. Wont be going that route again.

    Chickens are clowns and very amusing.
    Chicken math is real and now its turning into turkey math (def want to raise a turkey for thanksgiving :)
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  10. wingedshade

    wingedshade Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 8, 2016
    Delta junction, Alaska

    As the caretaker of chickens on Mom's dime in the past, I gave totally underestimated this aspect of chicken keeping!
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