Saturday, September 28, 2013

Question: Your most frustrating problem with raising chickens

Today I pose a question to you: What is your biggest frustration in chicken keeping? I ask for 2 reasons...mostly I'm just curious, but also maybe we can find solutions to our problems together! Sound good?

I'll start with my number 1 frustration: How do I get the chickens to stop pooping on the patio? It drives Mr Roboto nuts! The patio and the front walkway are the most bothersome. They know we come out those doors though and they wait for us to come out. They think we should give them treats every time we come outside. They don't always get treats, they just think they should!


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My number 2 frustration: How to get the dog to quit eating the chicken feed? Why on earth does she want to? Her feed has pretty colors and 2 flavors with different shapes! Why layer pellets? They can't taste good, yet every time she walks down to the coop with me I find her face first in the feed trough *sigh*

Lastly, number 3: I sell chicks and I get a constant stream of calls and emails from people who want just pullets. I've never actually asked anyone what they suppose happens to the cockerels, or if they understand that chickens generally hatch in a 50/50 ratio. I've always just assumed they already seen the videos of the chick plants with the meat grinders. I don't have one of those....and I'm not going to buy one! I get frustrated when they argue with me about how they can buy just pullets somewhere else and why won't I sell them that way? I've tried vent sexing them to see if it's male or female and I can't tell at all! It makes the chick mad though. lol I can't sex them, I don't have auto sexing breeds and what the heck would I do with all those extra roos anyway?
Yeah....I'm frustrated! 


So what frustrates you most about chicken keeping? Leave comments below and lets try to solve these problems!

~L

15 comments:

  1. I just keep mine as pets so not really raising them. But my biggest frustration is their cruelty to one another. I have had some hens that have been lovely friends and companions to one another, and then others who cosy up with them at night and follow them around scratching in the day only to betray them at any given moment with a sharp pecking attack. I wish they'd just be kind to one another, they are living as a flock after all!

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    1. I would guess it's a pecking order thing. Chickens can be funny creatures....I often wonder what they're thinking.

      ~L

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  2. Having them drop dead for no apparent reason.

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    1. Oh wow...that's the worst! I had it happen a few times too. So sad.

      ~L

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  3. The most frustrating thing to me is when they get sick and I don't know what's wrong. I've been keeping chickens for over 4 years now so I've learned a few things, but there's still so much I don't know. Our local vet will see chickens, but honestly I've gotten more help from backyardchickens.com than from the vet's office (and it's way cheaper!).

    My dog likes to eat the chickens' pellets too and I don't know why! I guess dogs will eat anything haha.

    PS - Really cute photos! And thanks for pinning my Friday egg post :)

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    1. Sick chickens can be frustrating. I've had a few that baffled me. Unfortunately our closest avian vet is over an hour away down in the 'burbs....and over $100!

      I love BYC! I've been on there for several years and I swear I learn something new every time I stop by.

      ~L

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  4. I've got two that roost in the tree above the coop, currently. We're supposed to have a bit of snow tomorrow. Maybe that will cure them! And I second the sick chicken/expensive vet problem. I took a sick hen to the vet and kept thinking she was leaving the room to go and google the symptoms!

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    1. How did the snow day go? Are they roosting in the coop yet?

      Finding an avian vet is not only difficult, but I swear they charge more just because they can! So frustrating!


      ~L

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  5. I am having a terrible problem with my 4 laying hens. One of them pecks their feathers until they are basically bald on their backs. If they are in laying, I will catch her attacking them. I am thinking the other girls might have learned some bad behavior from her...and maybe they are doing it to each other too. Ugh. I will go out to check them and the coop has feathers all over it. Three of them look so pathetic with feathers missing. I've tried the remedy the feed store had me buy...something that tastes hot and supposedly they will stop. It doesn't work. They are very privileged with a beautiful coop and plenty of space so that's not the problem. There is one who has all of her feathers so I know she is the main culprit. I don't want to butcher her so any ideas will be of help. Thank you.

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    1. Sometimes feather picking is because they need more protein in their diet. Or boredom. Other times it's a pecking order thing. Sometimes it even seems like bullying. If it's one of the latter 2, you can try separating the offending hen for a few days and see if she stops when moved back in. Good luck!


      ~L

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  6. In a first-year farmgirl, and we have had 6 chickens (4 roosters it turns out!). We added 3 new 12 week old chickens - a silkie pair and a Polish - this week and it's so stressful to figure out the best ways to integrate them safely. So that would be my thing...

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    1. Ohh, integration can be tricky. I usually add the new ones into the coop in a small cage so they get used to each other before letting them mingle. Good luck! Let me know how it works out!


      ~L

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  7. I worry about the noise from our chickens since we do have two roosters (I didn't go the only want pullets route). Although our geese make more racket, and we are quite rural, I dread a neighbor complaining. The biggest frustration is just getting our little flock, which free ranges during the day, to go into their home at night. They would prefer roosting in the trees around our house, and that's not safe for them. It wasn't too bad in the summer but who wants to chase hens for half an hour now that it's cold outside!

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    1. Geese are so darn noisy aren't they!!!! I trained my guineas to sleep in the coop at night by throwing scratch on the ground in front of the coop right before dusk. I tossed some in the coop too and they just seemed to hang out in the coop and decide to roost there for the night. It took a week or so, but it did work for the guineas. Good luck with your chickens!

      ~L

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  8. My chickens are still young and I am a new chicken keeper but my one and only frustration at this point: they are very persnickety. Very, very persnickety. I'm hoping they'll change once they start laying which should be in about two to three weeks.

    Thanks for sharing this with us at the HomeAcre Hop! We'd love to have you back again tomorrow.

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