- Chickens are unpredictable. They zig when you think they are going to zag.
- No matter how many people tell you how easy it will be, expect some difficulties.
- Chickens are fun to watch. They can entertain you for hours.
- Chickens poop A LOT!
- When you decide to let your flock free range, I mean really free range, expect some difficulty in getting them back into the coop. If you are by yourself you may end up chasing a chicken around for half an hour or more because she simply doesn't understand English. She can't get it in her super small brain that she could go up that ramp into the coop. After using a broom and other objects to try to "gently" guide her up the ramp you may resort to removing your shirt in an effort to scoop her up in it. DO NOT DO THIS. It will not work and you may or may not be spotted by a neighbor! (Thank God we live 700 feet off the road with trees all around us)
Friday, November 07, 2008
Advice on chicken wrangling
I have now been a chicken farmer for three plus months. Here's what I've learned so far.