Skip to main content

Top 10 Things I Didn't Expect When Owning Backyard Chickens

When preparing for chickens I read the how-to books and scoured the internet extensively.  I felt pretty prepared when we embarked on this adventure over 6 months ago, but have come across some surprises along the way. 

Top 10 Things I Didn't Expect When Owning Backyard Chickens:

1.  Parts of our backyard look like the surface of the moon.

2.  Our chickens allow people to carry them around like house cats.

3.  Our chickens love to relax on the patio furniture.

4.  Our chickens attempt to enter the house daily and have succeeded once.  

5.  Our Labrador loves to eat chicken poop, therefore, the patio is always clean.

  6.  Our Labrador also loves to eat chicken feed.

7.  We find chicken feathers in the most random places.

8.  We give our overheated chickens cool foot baths. 

9.  We put golf balls in nesting boxes.

10.  We have a fake owl in the backyard.

Owning backyard chickens has been full of wacky surprises and my family and I wouldn't trade it for anything.  The smiles that these feathered ladies have brought to our faces are priceless.

Life is good!

Thanks for reading!

Click here and follow us on Facebook!


  1. Just found your blog. So cute. Enjoyed the 10 things I didn't expect. Right there with you with the dog eating the poop. My dogs love it also. Go figure. Keep enjoying your chickens.

    1. Thank you so much for reading! I love dogs, but sometimes they can be so gross! :)

  2. Hi there!! This is Kat from Simply Living Simply and Simple Saturdays Blog Hop...congratulations, you have been selected as our feature for last week!! Our audience just loved this post, as do! What a humurous eye-opener to owning chickens, thanks for the great post and for participating in Simple Saturdays Blog Hop. Stop by and pick up your Featured Button to proudly display on your sidebar and we sure hope you'll HOP on by this weekend too!

    1. Yay! So exciting! Thank you so much!!!


Post a Comment

Shop My Store

Popular posts from this blog

What's the Difference: Ameraucana vs. Easter Egger

I will admit that when we first embarked on our chicken journey back in 2014 I thought a chicken was a chicken. Once we started doing research we were amazed at all the breeds and their differences. My family and I quickly came to the conclusion that we needed an Ameraucana because it laid blue eggs and had a beard!  
Meet Edna, our Ameraucana...or so we thought.

When Edna laid her first egg we didn't think much about the fact that it was actually more of a mint green than blue, but as time went on we began to wonder about her breed because her glorious beard wasn't coming in. When doing some research I came across an article written by Lisa Steele with Fresh Eggs Daily called Ameraucana vs. Araucana vs. Easter Eggers - The Blue Egg Layersand this is what I learned:

Pure breed chicken, originating from South America, recognized by the APA since 1984
blue eggs pea comb muff and beard red earlobes tail blue legs light foot bottoms

Easter Egger Mixed breed chicken, not recognized b…

Orange Peel Coop Cleaner

Orange Peel Coop Cleaner
To clean your coop, have you ever used the Orange Peel White Vinegar Coop Cleaner from Fresh Eggs Daily?  I love this particular cleaner because it smells better than bleach, it's all natural and it's multi-purpose!   How is it multi-purpose, you ask? 
White vinegar kills mold and is an ant repellent.   Citrus oil is a natural insect repellent and solvent. Cinnamon oil kills mosquito larvae. Vanilla bean repels flies, mosquitos and other insects.
This cleaner is so easy to make.  You can whip up a batch of this awesome stuff in about 5 minutes!  Give it a try!

Ingredients/Supplies: 4 oranges 2 cinnamon sticks 2 vanilla beans bottle of white vinegar 2 one-pint canning jars spray bottle
Directions: Peel the oranges and divide the peels between the two canning jars. Break the cinnamon sticks in half and add to jars.  Slit the vanilla bean and add to jars.  Pour the vinegar in each jar making sure to cover the peels.  Leave some headroom in each jar.  Put on the lids and…

Upcycling: Repurposing a Crib Railing

My babies are growing up quickly and this time I am not referring to my feathered ladies.  I can't believe my Little Chicken Tender and Bitty Bantam will be in Kindergarten and Preschool next year. Where did the time go?  Now, the only thing I have left from their baby days are memories and one recalled drop-side crib.   
Currently, the crib has been converted into a toddler bed for the Bitty Bantam, which means we just took off the dangerous front drop-side railing. Once we are entirely through with the crib/toddler bed we can't donate it or give it to anyone which means the crib is destined for the landfill. The idea of it sitting in a landfill did not sit well with me so I became determined to figure out a way to repurpose it. While working outside and chicken proofing fences I got the idea to repurpose the railing into something for the garden.

Viola! An Herb Garden Ladder!

Now Every time I look at this little area of my garden it makes me smile for a couple reasons.  One, I …

Buy My Children's Book On Amazon

My 2nd Book Is Also Available on Amazon