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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!

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  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.

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

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  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!

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