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"I wish I'd known grown birds would peck the wee ones"

Segregated chickensJoe had two answers to my question about what he wished he'd known about chickens when he first started.  He wrote:

"I wish I knew about baby chicken leg problems like spraddle leg. By the time we realized something was horribly wrong, too much time had passed to be able to fix it.

"The second is more related to the picture. I wish I knew how hard integration of baby chicks was. When it was time to start raising generation 2, we figured the maternal instinct would make it easy to let them adopt the new babies. By the time we realized that the grown birds would peck to death the wee ones, we had to learn about segregation.

"We hadn't allowed for a coop design to have two partitions inside the hen house. I was able to split the yard, but every day I have to haul the little ones back into a cramped makeshift coop area for the night till they get bigger. This would be much easier if I had built the henhouse with a removable partition and two doors.

"Thanks for the great product, we love having low maintenance clean water for our birds thanks to a DIY kit!"

This is one of my favorite entries so far because Joe's second point was also on my list of things I wish I'd known.  Maybe this post can save other new chicken-owners from repeating our mistakes!

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