After a lot or research and time spent we at the typesofchicken.com team have found stuff about chicken keeping that we liked and stuff that we didn’t like. Until now we have mostly shared facts, DIY Projects and Pros and Cons concerning a particular chicken breed. In other words – stuff about chicken keeping that we like. Now it is time for us to share with our readers some things that we didn’t like much such as these 5 mistakes chicken keepers tend to make.
1. The Material They Use For Their Coop
We at the typesofchicken.com team promote using leftover or “recycled” materials to build your chicken coop because it has many benefits. But what gets some chicken keepers confused is that if it is a leftover or “recycled” piece of material it still needs to have some quality. From leftover boards to extra hard wire, they still need to have some quality left as a piece of material – every chicken keeper novice or more experienced one – needs to know this before making the decision of upgrading or building a new coop.
2. Using a Bucket For Water
Now it might seem easy to just leave a bucket of water full enough so it doesn’t fall off and it`s done – your chickens have water. But it is not as simple as that, in fact using this method can be deadly for your chickens. They can jump on the bucket and then fall head first into the water and drown. We suggest using a ”waterer” or a “nipple dripper” – that are simple and easy to make.
3. Giving Unhealthy Treats And Food
Many people say that it is very easy to feed your chickens because they are omnivores, and you can give them your leftover food. This is partially true because there are treats that are negatively affecting the health of your chickens. So feeding your chickens can be a bit difficult for novices but once you grow in to the habit it will be very easy and simple for you.
4. Building Their Coops And Henhouses On The Ground
Well the idea sounds nice if you think about it because of the free pecking inside and all of that but what this actually can do is give access into your coop to predators. Instead of doing this it is better for people to build their coops and henhouses a bit higher or putting a solid surface for the floor. Letting your chickens out regularly to peck is a good idea also.
5. Not Cleaning Their Coop Properly
Cleaning your coop might not be the easiest task but it is necessary and it needs to be done well. Not bothering to reach those dark spots in the coop or scraping all of the feces from the coop might be bad for your chickens in the long run. Some of the best ways to clean your coop are to do it on a regular schedule and the natural way. This is one of those things that can easily become a thing of habit so if done properly it can prevent illness and sadness in your chickens.
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