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Whats the worst thing you've done to your poor chickens?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Into chicks, Dec 31, 2012.

  1. Into chicks

    Into chicks Hatching

    Dec 28, 2012
    Franklin Square NY
    I'm new to chickens and have my eggs coming the first week of March! I've been doing my homework for a few months now, and think I have this figured out. If anyone wants to post some mistakes they've made over the years it may be helpful to me. It could be anything from not building a proper coop to thinking they could fly better with a chicken cannon :)
    Thanks all!

  2. groundpecker

    groundpecker Songster

    Jun 26, 2011
    Rison, Arkansas
    Proper pen building was my first mistake. I lost a few birds to predators.

    Now my pens are covered on top and protected by a "hot wire". I turn the hot wire off during the day to let each pen freerange in turn, when the hawks are not around.
  3. willowbranchfarm

    willowbranchfarm Chicken Boots

    Oct 3, 2011
    My Coop
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us.
  4. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] Well, my biggest mistakes were:

    - Underestimating predators! Always expect the worse and be prepared for it. Make sure your coop and run is predator proof!
    - Thinking I can get away with keeping too many roosters. Don't get attached to the boys...
    - Helping chicks hatch before I've done some research and learned to do it properly. I've learned so much here about assisted hatches and hadn't had any casualties since!

    Another tip I can give you is to prepare for the unexpected. Adopt a "rather have it and not need it, than need it and not have it" policy. Keep a first aid kit with some antibiotics and everything you'll need for wound care handy. Also mite dust and dewormer, so you can treat the hens at the first sign of trouble. And some sort of heat source handy if you are going to hatch chicks. The number of times we got caught out with a chick and no way to keep it warm! I used to put them in the oven [​IMG]

    And most importantly, have fun! Chickens are great and they will bring you endless joy.

    Edited to add: Since I told you to get a first aid kit:

    Last edited: Dec 31, 2012
  5. [​IMG] [​IMG] from washington state glad you joined us!
    make sure they are locked up for the night safely!
  6. Into chicks

    Into chicks Hatching

    Dec 28, 2012
    Franklin Square NY
    Thanks guys! Cant wait :)
  7. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    [​IMG] My biggest mistake: not locking the coop at night. Predators are always looking fo an opportunity.

  8. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Hello from Kansas and [​IMG]! Love your user name! [​IMG] Great to have you in our community!
    Biggest mistake: In the spring when my garden first comes up, I like to water it gently with a watering can rather than from the hose. I keep a big 150 rubbermaid tank down at the garden for that. Went down to the garden and found a RIR cockerel had drowned in the tank. From that point on I've always put a "ladder" of some sort in the tank in case another one ever takes swimming lessons again.
    Last edited: Jan 1, 2013
  9. Into chicks

    Into chicks Hatching

    Dec 28, 2012
    Franklin Square NY
    Thanks for sharing! Great stuff so far!!!
  10. Poor caging is mine!

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