1. Chickens can be addictive.
Once you have a flock I think you might find yourself wanting more. There are so many wonderful beautiful breeds and colored eggs that you might just find yourself becoming a chickens addict.
2. Get a bigger coop.
Whether your purchase a coop or build one, I would recommend making it just a bit larger to accommodate a couple of extra chickens. Build it once. This makes it much easier on the wallet if you add to your flock later.
3. Visit local poultry shows.
Can’t decide on the breeds you want? Definitely check out local poultry shows where you can see the birds up close and visit with those who raise them. It’s always fun to talk chicken with fellow chicken aficionados.
4. Chickens can be messy.
Keeping a clean coop and run are key in preventing health issues from arising in your flock. Daily tidying, weekly cleaning of the feeders and waterers, and regular deep coop cleanings are essential. Be sure to keep this in mind when designing your coop.
5. Roosters crow 24/7.
They will even crow at the moon! Keeping roosters can be wonderful but it also adds another dimension to keeping chickens worth researching.
6. Fresh eggs are SO better.
Once you taste a fresh egg, you will not want to eat store bought eggs again. Fresh eggs from your own chickens are chock full of nutrients and the taste of fresh eggs cannot be beat. Take the challenge. Crack one of your fresh chicken eggs in a bowl and then crack open a store bought egg into the same bowl. The difference in the yolk color alone will have your stunned!
7. Life is better with chickens.
You bet it is! There is nothing in the world like keeping a few hens. They are entertaining. They are great with pest control, eating ticks and other bugs. They lay the most fantastic eggs and they teach plenty of life lessons to the family to name a few.
What other tips would you share with our community now that you have a flock of your own? Be sure to leave a comment below!
About the author: Melissa Caughey is a backyard chicken keeper, beekeeper, gardener, and cook who pens the award winning blog, Tilly’s Nest. She lives on Cape Cod, Massachusetts with her family of four and her Miniature Schnauzer. She regularly writes for HGTV Gardens, Community Chickens, Grit magazine, and contributes to Country Living Magazine. Her blog was recently named one of Better Homes and Gardens Top 10 Gardening Blogs. Melissa is currently working on a backyard chicken book with Storey Publishing to be released Spring 2015.