Keeping chickens is a big job. Much of the time you are learning new things about chicken keeping and the rest of the time it is maintaining of food, water, health, etc. Along this process you learn a lot and have a lot of fun.
Here are ten things I have learned so far about raising chickens:
1. The more you handle them as young chicks, while they are still in the heat lamp box, it will make your chickens easier to catch, better tempered, and just easier to work with should you need to if they get sick, hurt, etc.
2. Loosing your first chicken is the worst… it never gets easy, but each one after isn’t as hard.
3. Having your own fresh eggs when ever you need them is the best feeling.
4. Knowing you “grew” your own food makes you feel accomplished and healthy.
5. Build the coop/run you want from the beginning, chickens don’t like changes to where they lay and sleep. They will show you by laying fewer eggs for a while.
6. Hubby says they are a lot more work then you think, cost more money then you think, and poop a lot.
7. Each chicken has their own personality, just like a person.
8. Chickens like mischief and some jump fences.
9. Chickens love tasty treats especially watermelon, corn cobs, and bread.
10. Chickens provide amusement and comic relief… no TV needed.