"Chickens are hard to contain"
"The one thing that we wish we had known about chickens (and which makes us actually consider giving the chickens up at least once each year) is that they can be hard to contain. We encourage our chickens to free range from late fall to early spring because they mix up/fertilize the soil and eat up grubs in our gardens so nicely. But from spring to late summer, we really want them to stay in their nice, large chicken yard. Instead, and despite good fencing and wing clipping, they find their way into gardens and flower beds, eating tomatoes and digging up flowers.
"We can't imagine life without their eggs, so we keep them but(!) there are times of the year when it's a struggle. We have found that certain breeds are worse than others. Both Buff Orpingtons and Ameracaunas are flyers at our house and often find themselves confined to our movable chicken tractor when they've been naughty.
"Oh, and I have to mention one more thing. I wish we had known that once folks learn you have chickens, they ALL save up all their egg cartons and give them to you!"
Our chicken waterer is the POOP-free solution to a filthy homestead problem.
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