The 3 Biggest Chicken Raising Issues You Will Face

Discover the 3 most important issues owners will deal with when chicken raising. And learn some thoughts on how you can handle the “Big 3″.

Chicken growers often talk about the pains of raising their chickens. But is it really THAT important for you, if you have a small, backyard flock, to pay attention to other chicken owner’s problems?

Well… there are times when, in order to succeed, we need to learn how not to fail. And when it comes to chicken raising, learning from others who have gone before us can be a huge help in dealing with our own flock’s troubles. Plus being prepared for disasters, which can happen at any time, will improve your overall chicken raising skills.

1. Protecting their flock against chicken predators is the #1 biggest challenge with keeping your chickens safe.

Snakes LOVE to eat chickens
Snakes LOVE to eat chickens

It is not easy! And there are LOTS of animals out there who want to take the opportunity to eat your chickens. Raccoons, bears, snakes, hawks, coyotes, neighborhood dogs, skunks, and at times even other people might decide to take an opportunity to hurt your brood. Your number one defense against predation, is to be on your guard and ready all the time. Sometimes you can keep other protective animals with your chickens, around them and in their pens. Animals like pygmy goats, geese, guard dogs, or donkeys can sometimes be effective in helping ward off some predators.

Of course building a Sherman-tank strength coop will help as well, but even at that you are going to have constant sneak-attacks and attempts for your chicken’s lives. So any time you hear commotion out of your flock, you are still going to have to check on them and make sure everything is okay.

You might also want to try some other protective strategies like… small gauge chicken wire, electric fences, and maybe ultrasonic noise deterrents.

Click here to check out the last 2 chicken raising issues you need to be ready to face and overcome to keep your flock happy and healthy.

Teaching Chicks to Eat

A good method of getting baby chicks to learn to eat, is to spread a couple handfuls of chick mash on a small piece of cardboard box, so that it can attract the attention of the youngsters as they run across it. By seeing the mash down there, it can make them try and peck some of it.

Also, dipping the beak of an occasional chick into your water fountain helps to teach them to drink.

Just some quick ideas for you!
Kelson

A Chicken Pecking Strategy

Chicken pecking… also known as cannibalism, can be a big source of future problems for your chicken flock.

So, don’t delay when one of your birds becomes injured, or picked, and begins to bleed. Treat her at once with a good anti-pick remedy.

If at all possible, keep her away from the flock until her wounds have healed.

You definitely don’t want to give your birds a chance to become cannibals.

Kelson

Do chickens make good family pets?

This just happens to be one of the questions we get asked every once in a while.

Tame chickens can make very good family pets.  They are relatively low maintenance, and people generally enjoy spending a few minutes with their hens during their day.

However, smaller chickens (such as bantams) are recommended for small children because they are usually gentler and more docile.  There’s quite a bit more that I can say about this, but I don’t want to bore you too much.
Leading from our above discussion … another question a new chicken owner might ask is …

How do you tame a chicken?

Again, a great question. In general, most chickens are “tamed” by regular human contact from the moment they are hatched.

It is possible to tame a “wild” chicken, but it does take a lot of time and effort. For example, gradually get closer to them while feeding, and during the coming days / weeks, gradually move to hand feeding them, and then patting them during feeding, and so on.

All the best,
Kelson