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The first chickens I ever took care of were my parents’ chickens. They bought a couple dozen Plymouth Rock chickens, and for a few months, everything was great. We had fresh eggs every day, and the chickens seemed very content in their large chicken yard. Then one day, we found one of the chickens dead. Its body was covered with bite marks and surrounded by loose feathers.
Turns out, our dog had gotten into the chicken yard by digging and squeezing under the fence. After that, we staked the bottom of the fence to make sure it wouldn’t happen again, and it didn’t. In hindsight, it seems like such an obvious precaution–of course you should stake the bottom of the fence. But my parents were new to chicken keeping, so it didn’t occur to them.
If you are a new chicken keeper, there are going to be things that don’t occur to you until it’s too late. But by learning from the mistakes of others, hopefully you can avoid losing any chickens. This article from Homestead Wishing covers five common mistakes that new chicken keepers make.
Kristi writes, “Maybe you did your research, or maybe you are doing it now. Keeping chickens is a fairly easy task. There is nothing like experience to really give you a push! Don’t be afraid to start. Just make sure you have everything they need beforehand…”