Over the years as I have raised chickens I’ve decided to stop beating myself up for the mistakes that I have made along the way. My small farm (medium? large? depending on who’s looking at Blue Star Ranch) has raised in the many thousands, maybe more of young chickens to adult laying age and supplied pet owners, farmers and businesses throughout Texas and other states.
When I was real new at raising chickens I went to forums and websites hoping to find the “magic answer” to all of my coop or chickens daily questions that ran though my mind. Is this answer right? could this just be an old wives tale? maybe this person has the answer.. I tried everything to make my small (and growing farm) “perfect” Well, I found that forums of thousands of “chicken club” friends weren’t really my friends. They mostly repeated stories, folklore and tidbits of handy information now and then. There was NO ONE person or place that really had what I was looking for.
There was no magic answer to all of the plagues of poultry and occasional losses of stock due to accidents or weather related catastrophes.
I came to know that in raising livestock sometimes things are just out of your control. The best thing you can do is be prepared for weather related issues, keep your coop as clean and balanced with bacteria (the right kind) and have supplies on hand BEFORE you need them. Then just do your best and sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor.
Once I started doing all of these things and complete my “checklist” of chores, I sleep better at night knowing that my chickens are cared for in the best way possible. They have a happy secure farm life, and that’s the best anyone can do.