What were your worst mistakes when you first started?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Eggscaping, Dec 7, 2018.

  1. Eggscaping

    Eggscaping Enjoying Life!

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    Hi peoples!

    May I ask about when you began keeping chickens? What were the worst mistakes (or any mistakes worth noting, for that matter) you made? What you either wouldn't do again, wouldn't do in THAT way, or so on? Or even "I don't consider it a MISTAKE, per se - but I'd do this in a different way now that I'm more experienced."
    Thanks much!
     
  2. 9SpiceyChickens

    9SpiceyChickens Crowing

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    Two words- "Prefab Coop"
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  3. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Egg Pusher

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    This is going to be a great thread.
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    Not learning about biosecurity and chicken diseases before I got chickens.
     
  4. DobieLover

    DobieLover Easily distracted by chickens

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  5. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Crowing

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    Closing up the coop trying to keep it warm. One needs a walk in coop, and you need enough ventilation. Don't think warm, think DRY.

    And chicken math, once you recognize tension in the flock from too many birds, you will never go back. It sneaks up on you, but a predator helped me out the first time, and I realized they were so much more happy with less chickens in there.

    Mrs K
     
  6. Alexandra33

    Alexandra33 Chook Snuggler

    Thinking young children and roosters don't mix under any circumstances, therefore, I must eliminate accidental cockerels. :hmm Turns out, this is completely false. Not all are the devil.

    Wonderful thread idea, by the way! :thumbsup Can't wait for responses to come. :)

    ~Alex
     
  7. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Crossing the Road

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    Like Mrs. K, I used to lock my coop up tight for the winter, and put in a heat lamp. Every winter there were respiratory issues and frostbite. Both have been greatly reduced after I stopped heating the coop and made sure they have plenty of ventilation.
     
  8. MissChick@dee

    [email protected] ~ Dreaming Of Springtime ~

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    :goodpost: :he :barnie:thDitto!
     
  9. Eggscaping

    Eggscaping Enjoying Life!

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    And chicken math, once you recognize tension in the flock from too many birds, you will never go back. It sneaks up on you, but a predator helped me out the first time, and I realized they were so much more happy with less chickens in there.

    Mrs K[/QUOTE]

    So...what do you mean by chicken math? Are you going by the info you get when looking at coop designs? Such as, "Suitable for 4-6 chickens" and so on? Or is there another relevant equation?
     
  10. MissChick@dee

    [email protected] ~ Dreaming Of Springtime ~

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    :he Thinking I could LOVE a rooster into being nice.

    *im thinking is there a limit to this thread cause I could really take up space*
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