13 Chicken Truths

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Raising chickens has been a very fun adventure so far.  My chickens have gone from cute, adorable fluff balls, to crazy velociraptor look a likes.  Nowadays they actual look, and sound like real grown up chickens.  Today marks their 13th week with us.  I thought, in honor of their 13th week, I'd share 13 things about chickens today.

1.  They are messy.  When they are babies they love to scratch through their shavings, which gets them all over the place.  As they get older, like most animals, have no idea that things need to stay tidy.  They scatter food around, and produce copious amounts of magic dust (where if comes from is a mystery!).  As adults, they shed feathers EVERYWHERE, love to play in dirt, and have no problem pooping pretty much everywhere they go.  Even on or in food and water dishes.

2.  They are not domestic animals.  Unlike dogs, chickens do not try to please you.  They are just themselves.  This means that they are scared of you sometimes, and may act irrationally if you are wearing bright fingernail polish.

3.  They grow fast.  They are only adorable fluff balls for a few weeks, and you can almost see the growth difference daily.  They've become big chickens so quickly!
4.  They love treats.  When you walk up to our chickens coop they run to you, excited to get their treats!  A lot of people said they love, love, love mealworms, but instead mine went gaga over blueberries.  Nowadays they don't seem to have favorites, and love anything tossed in.

5.  They are not economical.  You have to build a coop, buy them, shavings, food and water dishes, grit, treats, and not to mention food!  They eat a lot for their body size, and you will never get to the point you don't have to buy them food.  Getting eggs from chickens isn't cheaper than buying from the store.  However, you are raising your own food, know your chickens health, and know they are truly happy.

6.  They don't have to live in a mansion.  Our chickens live in a hoop house.  Part of it is covered with a tarp, and they have two large sticks as perches.  We move their house as often as they need it.  It is not fancy, and it doesn't look amazing.  We were more concerned about them getting in fresh grass, and having protections from the predators than them living the large life.

7.  They are entertaining.  You wouldn't think chickens would be, but they really are.  They run around, chase each other, try to steal each other's treats, they cluck and jabber, and are pretty darn cute.

8.  There are lots of different types of chickens.  There are chickens that lay brown eggs, and white eggs.  There are chickens that lay green, blue, and light pink eggs.  There are large, heavy breed chickens, and bantam chickens which weigh just a few pounds.  There are cold hardy, heat hardy, and even heirloom chickens.

9.  They don't constantly lay eggs.  Chickens don't constantly lay eggs.  They may lay eggs for five days straight, but will then take a break.

10.  They can fly.  Well, a little.  Starting when they are young they like to fly up to perch, and I could see a chicken getting up in a small tree fairly easily.  However, they will not be flying more than a few feet up or away.

11.  They don't need roosters.  It's true you do not need a rooster to have eggs.  Hens have eggs regardless.  Roosters are a bit braver though and help protect the hens.

12.  They are a great first time farm animal.  Chickens are hardy, and fairly easy to care for.  They require feed, water, and shelter, but are pretty low key otherwise.  They have made for a great first time livestock animal for me.

13.  You can have chickens.  Well, maybe.  A lot of cities allow residents to have a certain amount of chickens, provided they are within certain guidelines.  Having chickens in your backyard is pretty common these days!

Well, there you go, 13 things about chickens!  If anyone is interested in learning more about chickens, I'd love to help you if I can.  So feel free to ask in questions, also you can check out Back YardChickens.  They are a GREAT free resource.

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