Are Chickens For You?
With the daily life of dealing with 20-30 birds consistently, you really learn about them with hands-on expertise. What’s called OJT. Yep. No book is going to train you for all the stuff you will face with raising chickens. However, read them!
If you are squeamish, chickens aren’t for you, unless you excel in bravery, then you might get past all the poop-cleaning and sickness birds ‘sometimes’ have.
The first time I got poop on my hand I almost threw up. After five years of chickens, I look at it and think, “Okay, I need to go wash that off” then get distracted and forget. Sort of like a Mom does with babies. After a while, you just aren’t moved much by it. You do what you must do…
I do still make Stink Face though…. We all have one.
(I love this face)…
So, while I’m on the topic of POOP. . .
You are going to find yourself looking at a lot of it (POOP) willingly. Yes, you will! (Don’t make that face at me. 🙂 You’ll want to know what’s happening inside the bird, and frequently, that means looking at POOP. What does it look like? Runny? Solid? Wormy? … Who’s doing the squish bottom dance? They sort of walk funny when they have diarrhea. Just like anyone else who feels lousy, it shows in their walk and how they hold themselves. Yes, you are going to befriend the bottom of any chicken you have decided to keep.
Believe me, no one will come running to aid you in looking at the bottoms of your hens. It’s a YOU and THEM process, and you will become so adept at reading chicken asses, that you can tell almost instantly who’s not doing well, who needs wormed, who needs medicine, who ate too much of the wrong thing.
All the magic happens on that end of the hen…
Study up on the reproductive tract of chickens, and also the digestion issues they have, and basic illnesses. This is so much easier now that we have the internet! I mean the whole world is at your fingertips. Study, Study, Study! – I did not study enough before launching myself forward, but here I am 5 years later, still with hens and for the most part, I haven’t killed any yet. 🙂 I’m studying a lot more now.
So, this isn’t my most glorious post about hens but let me tell you, it’s quite honest…
Much love to you readers out there!!