They say that one of the ways that people are able to learn their lessons well would be through committing mistakes.
Unfortunately, this kind of approach for learning about raising backyard chickens is such a big waste. Once you commit a mistake while handling your flock, you are risking the loss of money, time, effort, and even the life of your prized birds.
That’s why it may be best to be familiar with the mistakes that are commonly done by beginners in order for you to learn about them. You would then be able to learn the necessary lessons while being able to avoid committing the mistakes that may be harmful to your chickens.
Here are some of the common beginner mistakes when it comes to raising chicks:
Not being able to purchase proper feeds
You should understand that your chickens have varying needs according to age. Generally, chicks and chickens that are just a few months old still do not have the developed organs that are necessary for handling the regular sized food. You should also add in the fact that most of these chicks would need additional vitamins and minerals in order to grow well. That is why there are some feeds that are catered to chicks and young chicken specifically.
In short, you would need to purchase feeds that properly match their needs. If you want good eggs, then you should purchase calcium rich feeds, if they are chicks, then it’s the starter pellets, and other similar adjustments.
Not understanding the breed
Another common mistake that beginner’s would usually make when raising backyard chickens would be to assume that all chickens are the same. A chicken is a chicken no matter what breed it is. This is unfortunate as they should know that each breed would have specific needs and varying tolerances about their environment.
You should understand that some breeds are generally more adaptable to temperature changes, while some breeds would immediately get sick. There are also variations that are breed related when it comes to their functions; some chicken breeds are better egg layers while some are better at being meat birds.
By understanding the breed, you would be able to cater your coop design, your method of taking care of them, your objectives, and expectations of the flock to match the capabilities and nuances of the breed that you have.
Getting roosters for an egg laying flock
Lastly, one of the most surprising things for beginners is that they do not realize that you would not need roosters if you want your chickens to lay their eggs!
Some people think that for their chickens to have eggs, they would need to add a rooster in their flock. Actually, you don’t have to have one, as egg laying is a naturally occurring thing for the hens once they reach a certain age.
You would only need the roosters in your backyard chicken flock if you want the eggs to be fertilized and hatch into chicks.