The Good, The Bad and the Ugly in Keeping Chickens

May 10, 2013
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Good

Fresh eggs
Entertainment
Chicken snuggles
Life’s Lessons
Companionship
Composters
Pest Exterminators

 

Bad
They are addictive.
 Sometimes you can’t pull yourself away from watching them.
Overzealous garden assistants
Mean roosters
Frozen Waterers
Ugly
Predator Attacks
When chicken poop gets on your clothes

What else would you add?

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20 thoughts on “The Good, The Bad and the Ugly in Keeping Chickens”

  1. Good: After being gone for 3 days coming home to your sweet little Golden Sex link sitting on the porch waiting for you. She runs to the car jumps in and I can only imagine that the chatter is she is tellig me all the gossip and goings on while you were gone.

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  2. Good – Excellent fertilizer producers & bug hunters.
    Bad – Neighbors think you're weird (or maybe that's good!)

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  3. The good- nothing is more relaxing than spending time with my chickens and watching their antics.

    The bad- Roosters, or rather discovering your sweet little chick is a rooster and you'll have to rehome him. I have 2 roosters out of my 11 chicks and I keep dragging my feet on getting rid of the older one. He hasn't crowed yet. I love him and don't want to part with him, but we live in the city limits and I can't keep him. SO SAD.

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  4. The good totally outweighs ANY bad! And predator attacks are really the absolute worst of the bad. I lost all 24 of my girls in one night last month. I'm still sick about it. And this is about the most attack proof habitat you could imagine.

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  5. We don't have chickens yet, but I am hoping that they will foster a sense of companionship and responsibility in my little guy. He has already said that he wants to "be in charge" of the chickens.

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  6. Good – Seeing a picture of my BO's on your post…..thank you!
    Bad – As you mentioned predator attacks/death and rehoming. Other than that, it's all good!

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    • Hi Maryann! Yes, your girls have created quite a stir these past few days. I look so fondly on that visit that we had together. We are long overdue for another.

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  7. Bumble foot definitely comes under UGLY. Our head chook Washington has been suffering with a nasty infection since April. With two operations by the vet her foot is nearly healed up but it has been a long recovery.

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    • I agree! So terrible, but so happy to hear that is is recovering. I just hate it when the body takes so long to mend. You are lucky that you have a vet nearby that can help. The vet probably saved her life. Thank goodness.

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