The Chicken Hunt
The Chicken Learning Curve
- A box of some sort –✅ (Rubbermaid to the rescue)
- Wood shavings for bedding -✅
- A heat lamp – ✅
- Chick starter –✅
- Chick feeder –✅
- Chick waterer- ✅
- Stones in the water so they don’t drown themselves -✅
Becoming A Chicken Momma
15 Surprising Lessons From Becoming A Chicken Mama
- You don’t just need a chicken coop, you need a chicken run.
- You can’t just put up a chicken run with chicken wire walls. Predators can dig. You have to dig around your chicken run, put down strong wire mesh. Cover the mesh with dirt, and then put grass seed down to re-seed what you dug up.
- You can’t just put down grass seed and not expect the chicks to eat it, you need to put down lots and lots of grass seed and cover it better if you actually want grass to grow.
- If you want eggs for a longer season, you need to put lights in your coop.
- If you want lights in your coop, you need to run electricity to the coop.
- You can’t use the same waterers and drinkers for big chickens as you use with baby chicks. You need big galvanized metal ones.
- You can’t just put out water for the chickens in the winter: it will freeze. You need to get a warmer for the waterer – for which you also need electricity.
- If you want to keep rodents out of your coop, you need to close the coop door at night.
- If you don’t want to go out and close the coop door every night and then go back out in the morning to open it, you need to get an automatic coop door opener and closer…for which you need electricity.
- If a neighbouring farmer offers you two cute chicks for free, you can’t say no….even if one of them turns out to be a boy.
- If you bring younger chicks to live with older ones, you can’t just leave them together. The older ones will beat up on the younger ones. You have to keep them separate and introduce them slowly.
- If you want to keep the younger ones separate, you need to build a separate space in the coop…and keep water and food for them there…except that they will get bored and you’ll want to let them out after the big girls have left…except that the big girls will want to get back in to their area…and one of the little ones will constantly want to run away whenever he can escape!
- If you let your chicks free range, they become bolder and bolder and, when you find that some have managed to get across to your neighbour’s yard, you understand why so many ask the question: “Why did the chicken cross the road!?!” And you go online to buy an electric fence to keep them in because you’ve already researched livestock guardian dogs and you’ve realized it’s a minimum 2 years before the dog will be able to guard your chickens and not eat them, and, since you don’t have a fence, it won’t be long before you ask “Why did the dog cross the road?”
- You can’t just worry about predators from the ground, hawks can get your chickens too. And then there are parasites and harmful bacteria and other illnesses…..
Chickens, Faith, & My Business
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