What Wikipedia Won’t Tell You About Raising Backyard Chickens

You will find the lessons, most being hilarious, we learned our first year raising backyard chickens. Considering chickens? I hope that this article will convince you to take the leap! https://www.groundedandsurrounded.com/year-1-raising-backyard-chickens/

By: Sarah Koontz

Today we celebrate our chicken’s 1-year “hatch-aversary”.  I know, I know…some of you think I have completely lost my mind.  But this first year as a chicken mama has been so much fun, I just had to share it all with you.

We adore our little flock of laying hens, and I can’t imagine not wanting to have chickens around me for the rest of my life.  If you have ever found yourself considering raising backyard chickens, I hope this article will convince you to take the leap.

Before I decided to order my day-old chicks from a hatchery, I spent a lot of time online researching raising backyard chickens.  I am here to tell you that you can’t trust Wikipedia to tell you everything there is to know about the subject!

Many of you were first introduced to my flock in our “I Love My Chickens” VLOG.  Others have read my “10 Things You Must Kow BEFORE Getting Backyard Chickens” article where I shed light on a few of the hidden perks of raising laying hens.  It is my hope that this post will give you a glimpse into the last year of our life, and help you see the joy that our little flock has brought our family.

Our Chickens: Year 1 Video Montage

If you have the patience to watch the full video in real time (it is about 5 1/2 minutes long), you may click here to watch it on YouTube.

Originally, I decided to get laying hens for the eggs and for all of the good fertilizer they could provide to my 5,000+ sq ft vegetable garden.  Although they have served us well in that area, there are some interesting qualities I have discovered about chickens along the way.

Here are just a few things Wikipedia won’t tell you about raising backyard chickens:

1. Baby chicks fall asleep anywhere, at any time, doing anything.  And they sort of look like they died when it happens.

Baby chicks fall asleep anywhere, at any time, doing anything. And they sort of look like they died when it happens.

2.  Chickens have an awkward teenage phase and a face only a mother could love.

Lessons we learned our first year raising backyard chickens. Considering chickens? I hope that this article will convince you to take the leap

3. Chickens make you fall in love with your husband even more, I mean…look at him work on that coop!

Lessons we learned our first year raising backyard chickens. Considering chickens? I hope that this article will convince you to take the leap

4. Kids love chickens…no…kids REALLY love chickens.

Lessons we learned our first year raising backyard chickens. Considering chickens? I hope that this article will convince you to take the leap

5. Dogs REALLY love chickens too, but for entirely different reasons.

Lessons we learned our first year raising backyard chickens. Considering chickens? I hope that this article will convince you to take the leap

6.Sometimes your favorite baby chick grows up to be a mean old rooster.

Sometimes your favorite baby chick grows up to be a mean old rooster.

7. And you are forced to take drastic measures (he didn’t even taste very good, and I almost burned the house down trying to cook him…revenge of the rooster!).

Sometimes your favorite baby chick grows up to be a mean old rooster.

8. Chickens bathe in dirt.  Something I never knew before.  They are hilarious to watch rolling and fluffing in the dirt.

 Chickens bathe in dirt. Something I never knew before. They are hilarious to watch rolling and fluffing in the dirt.

9. That first egg is SOOOOOOOOO exciting!  And tiny, and a bit scary to eat…no we didn’t eat it.

That first egg is SOOOOOOOOO exciting! And tiny, and a bit scary to eat...no we didn't eat it.

10. But we did celebrate it, and photograph it, and post it on social media!

That first egg is SOOOOOOOOO exciting! And tiny, and a bit scary to eat...no we didn't eat it.

11. Backyard Chicken eggs are so beautiful, you are going to want to display them on your counter-top!Backyard Chicken eggs are so beautiful, you are going to want to display them on your counter-top!

12. The first time it gets really cold, you are going to worry over your flock like an old mother hen.

The first time it gets really cold, you are going to worry over your flock like an old mother hen.

13. Chickens point their tail-feathers down when they are sleeping, and compete for a warm spot in the middle of the group.

Chickens point their tailfeathers down when they are sleeping, and compete for a warm spot in the middle of the group.

14. My chickens wuv their mama and run to me every time they see me (or anyone with food).  Chickens have a funny run.My chickens wuv their mama and run to me every time they see me (or anyone with food). Chickens have a funny run.

15. Did I mention that kids really love chickens? Well, it is worth repeating!

Lessons we learned our first year raising backyard chickens. Considering chickens? I hope that this article will convince you to take the leap.

16. Fluffy chicken butts are adorable, completely adorable.

Lessons we learned our first year raising backyard chickens. Considering chickens? I hope that this article will convince you to take the leap.

17. The way to a chicken’s heart is through their stomach.

Lessons we learned our first year raising backyard chickens. Considering chickens? I hope that this article will convince you to take the leap.

18. Backyard chickens will become part of the family.

Lessons we learned our first year raising backyard chickens. Considering chickens? I hope that this article will convince you to take the leap.

19. Chicken photobombs are quite common, and even encouraged.

Lessons we learned our first year raising backyard chickens. Considering chickens? I hope that this article will convince you to take the leap.

20. Saying “goodnight girlz” and hearing them coo in response is the best part of the day.

Lessons we learned our first year raising backyard chickens. Considering chickens? I hope that this article will convince you to take the leap.

This whole chicken thing was an experiment for my family.  We really didn’t know how it would turn out.  We could not be more pleased with our results.

Chickens are a fun animal to have around, they provide nutritious food for our family, they reduce waste (because they eat all our kitchen scraps), and they make me smile.

Looking for more great info on raising backyard chickens? Be sure to follow our “Raising Chickens {Eggs}” Board on Pinterest:

Follow Sarah @ Grounded & Surrounded’s board Raising Chickens {Eggs} on Pinterest.

So, did you learn anything new about raising backyard chickens?  What surprised you the most?

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About Sarah Koontz

Sarah Koontz is a freelance writer and regular contributor at Grounded & Surrounded. If you are interested in growing your faith, nourishing your family life, and discovering the beauty of God's design, be sure to follow her personal blog at SarahKoontz.com. When Sarah is not writing, you are likely to find her covered in dirt, sitting in the middle of her garden, adoring her beautiful flock of backyard chickens. She is eternally grateful for her husband and two little girls, and revels in their simple, uncluttered life. You can also find her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

11 thoughts on “What Wikipedia Won’t Tell You About Raising Backyard Chickens

    1. I am so jealous of Sarah and her feathery “girls”! I am in the same boat as you, if we ever move out to the country hens will be the first thing we get! Thanks for stopping by Kristina 🙂

  1. Thanks so much for this post. I loved our chickens and agree with every word you shared. Sadly, we have moved to town and can’t have our girls here, but I am hopeful that one day I’ll be a chicken mama again.

  2. We don’t have any chickens at our house, mainly because my husband grew up with chickens and he didn’t like the chore of taking care of them. But we do have two neighbors with chickens and cared for them last week. It’s really true kids do love chicken. Thanks for linking up to the Tuesday Garden Party.

  3. Aww. What a sweet post. This makes me really want to raise chickens. 🙂 We hope to someday move out to the country and raise some animals. I think chickens would be a great start. Thanks for sharing!

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