So you’re thinking about getting chickens? Let me give you some advice via my flock of “teenagers” in metro Tampa.
1. If you go to a feed store with chicks: YOU WILL BUY CHICKS.
They are just so cute and fluffy and silly and puffy. I LOVE THEM! I NEED THEM! …I bought dem. Now they live indefinitely in a giant tupperware in my office.
2. You will fear their death at every waking hour. (I still have nightmares.)
3. To your pride and disappointment: they will survive (at least until they start laying eggs).
4. So buy everything in bulk–chickens eat a lot.
5. What kind of feed?!?! Medicated, not medicated, organic, non-GMO??!?!?
Whatever you feel, but know that the local food store person will judge you. I went to two feed stores and one was like, “The only type of chick feed is medicated,” and at another, “Oh no, don’t feed your healthy chicks medicated feed…”If you’re raising frou-frou chicks, just buy everything from Amazon and avoid the looks of disapproval.
6. Chicks grow faster than you can build a coop for them to live in.
Seriously, just buy a kit, pre-made, or get some very specific plans. Building a coop from scratch and without a recipe hasn’t been that bad. But not easy and not cheap. Honestly, you can just keep chickens out in a covered weatherproofed box, and whoever survives is the strongest. A lady in my neighborhood just lets them roam wild and sleep in the trees and chases them down if they get out of the yard.
7. POOP. Everywhere.
They are smelly, dusty, expensive, and adorable.
8. You will squeal with delight when the smallest of the flock finally starts roosting with the big girls.
OMG I LOVE THEM THEY ARE SO CUTE!!!!!!!