Top 5 Mistakes NEW Chicken Owners Make (Don’t Do Like We Did)
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Top 5 Mistakes NEW Chicken Owners Make (Don’t Do Like We Did)

October 25, 2019

hey girl, I am doing a little video about mistakes people make
you know newbies making when getting chickens and raising chickens…you got
anything you want to tell anybody? any tips? anything? no advice? thanks Peaches sup guys it’s Jason over here at Cog Hill
farm in the Cog Hill family and today today we’re talking chickens. I’m gonna
tell you the top five mistakes I think newbies make when they get into
raising chickens. This is a collaboration by keeping it Dutch, there’s several
other channels in this collaboration I’ll put a link down below to everybody
involved in this and a link to a playlist of all the other clubs in this
collaboration I’ll put a playlist at the end of the video as well. Heah let’s talk
chickens! This list is in no particular order . It’s just five things that I came
up with just from my experience and a lot of questions I get from new chicken
owners, and one of the ones the first thing that came to my mind was
getting the right breed for your climate. We’ve made this mistake, & I don’t think
people think about, you know, climate when it comes to chickens. I really don’t. We never did. You know we just look at a pretty chicken or certain breed and
that’s what we get. We never would consider the climate aspect of it. So
definitely do your research. There’s several places you can go. You just
google, I’ll put some links down below where you can do the research on it. Oe
place that’s really helpful is the heritage breed website I’ll put a link
did as well, but climate, you don’t want a cold weather chicken in the super hot
summers, and you don’t want a hot weather chicken up there in the cold. You can get
a cold weather chicken down here and it could just just be miserable because of
the heat. It won’t lay eggs well. It’s just not gonna do well. You could get a
hot weather chicken and put it up there in the North and the same thing. It could
be susceptible to getting frost bit on this comb because the combs too
large, and if the chickens not comfortable, it’s not gonna produce eggs
for you at all. Another one that we actually have made
before, was coupe size. We have expanded our coupe and made it bigger three or four
times. Added on it, did additions…if I made it big enough to start with I wouldn’t
had that problem, and it was inside our barn right here, and we had roost in here,
and this would hold… I don’t know, six, seven, eight, maybe ten full-sized
chickens. because they would sleep in here at night and then we would
free-range our chickens. We free-range our egg layers. This was our first coop but 10 chickens
didn’t last a minute. 10 turned into 20. 20 turned into 30. 30 turned into 40.
Because chickens are highly addictive! You can’t have just one. You can’t have
just ten. If you’ve got the room you’ll just keep adding more and more and more
and more. Trust me. Another mistake people tend to make is is buying chickens or
poultry for that matter, from my unknown source.
Not knowing who they are, their background, how do they take care of their animals, because they could just take one sick bird and wipe you out. Knock on wood we’ve
never had that problem. Now we have done that in the past…when we were blowing and going and didn’t know we were doing. Getting super excited…we’ve
loved going to auctions and sales, and seeing all the animals come through, and it was
just fun. That was our weekends. Instead of going to the movies, we’d go to
auctions, but you never know. You’re playing Russian roulette. There’s
probably a reason why that person is getting rid of those chickens. And they’re
passing, whatever that reason is, on to you. So definitely be super careful
when it comes to buying stuff from somebody you don’t know who they are or
how they raise their animals. Another one, and this one may sound silly
to the people they’ve been raising chickens, but I’ve been asked this one a
lot of times, and I’ve been told this by people a lot of times that are new into
the chickens, but for some reason some people think you have to have a rooster
to have eggs. You don’t have to have a rooster. This is our polish rooster…super
friendly! His name’s Rod, because you know, he looks
like Rod Stewart You don’t have to have a rooster to have
eggs. You got to have a rooster if you want baby chicks to hatch, but not for
eggs. Ain’t that right Rod? He’s a pretty boy. Another mistake that people will make is
is not giving their chickens grit. Now grit is a rock, or pebble, or you can buy
in the any feed store, and it comes and it looks like a just like little
rocks. This is granite that you buy. Just crush granite.
They also make chick grit that is a lot smaller and more fine for little
chicks, but what your chickens need grit for, is they don’t have any teeth. So
they have to grind their food some kind of way, and that’s where this comes
in. The chicken swallows the grit, and it goes down, and it goes into the gizzard. That’s where the food comes in, and then the grit grinds all the food, and then it
passes on through, and they digest it. Otherwise it’s hard for them to digest
their food. Now we free-range most of our chickens
so they can get plenty of grit without me having to buy it, but if you don’t free-range your chickens, or you got a backyard, or an
urban setting, or if you got a farm and you got your chickens in a run. You
know, you’re gonna need to give them some grit so they’ll be able to digest their
food properly, and you can just put a little bowl out with it in it. What I
like to do is, if I got some that are maybe juvenile chickens, and I got them
enclosed, I just throw a handful on the ground. I mean that’s what they’re used
to. They’re gonna scratch around and pick it up and eat it, or you can mix it in
with their food as long as they can get to it you know you’re fine. Hey guys thanks for watching the video
today. Hey check out the entire playlist of this collaboration right over here. If
you’re new to our channel like what you see, hit the subscribe button down below,
and you’re pretty interested in any Cog Hill farm gear, check out the link
right down here… y’all be good

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  1. Dude I freaking love the chicken with the wig! Totally cool! Lol I've seen some other chickens that look like they have pants on

  2. Ha, I agree, chickens are like Lays potato chips. Can't just have one, five, ten, darn I ate the entire bag of chips, ha ha. Living in New England we get cold hardy chickens. I've heard of people adding coarse cornmeal to the chick feed as the grit. Supervisor Peaches is on break! πŸ‘

  3. I have a small backyard flock of six. I use the crushed oyster shells for grit. The chickens love it and it adds a bit of calcium to their diets for all of that egg shell production. Thanks Jason!

  4. Have you ever had problems with egg binding? How do you break a chicken that's broody? Do you do anything special for molting chickens? p.s. Your geese are just awesome!

  5. Really well made video, loved it. Interesting because I am subscribed to all the collaborators on this video, I love it! Like you said, climate is the top priority. My first cut was the bird had to be cold weather, then eggs.

    Lol, you do have a knack for videos, very entertaining! I love Rod, so aptly named!! I need my wife to watch this for the grit/gizzard piece and the Rod Stewart reference! hahaha!

  6. Good video. We our newbs. Love our chickens. Question: do we need to be giving our 6-7 month old chickens pebble size grit? Right now we use sand from the river. Various size sand and rock but mostly small stuff. Thank you!

  7. I’d rather spend a few cents more and have my chicks sexed at hatchery. Roosters are not needed here. Ooops the hatchery let one slip by… yep it does occasionally happen.

  8. 🀩 when you wake up and all your favorite homesteaders collab it's going to be a good day! Better to get along than fight, like some other homestead youtubers we all know!

  9. Great information Jason. I don't have chickens, but I know that they are prone to mites, so having a dust bath is important. But free range chickens bath in any dusty area they can find. Another thing I was thinking about is, often people will get chicks, and chicks need a warm draft free brooder.


  11. I came over from Arms Family Homestead. Loved your video. Checked out your channels videos page, and subscribed & rang that bell. I can't wait to watch more of your videos.

  12. Jason as always my friend another great video full of information. I like the graphics that you can put in the video as well. Rod is a fine specimen of a Polish Rooster. I think people underestimate polish chickens they do make excellent layers.

  13. Waz up Peaches! She just puts a smile on my face! Thanks for the advice! We only have four chickens on our half acre. I know I spoil them but they are my babies and it took a year of research to choose them. We had extreme heat in Texas this year and had to make extra provisions for them to be comfortable.

  14. Great video, I’ve been raising bantams for the past 5 years and breeding Seramas specifically for 3. I don’t think the climate is as important for birds that live in warmer climates. But a cold hardy bird in a warm climate would be terrible. As long as the chickens who are more accustomed to the warmer climate have a heat lamp or warm coop they will be fine. I have seramas that choose do forage year round even in the SNOW. Anyways keep up the great work. Loved the video πŸ™‚

  15. Great video! Chicken math is real. I have a video about chicken math, how you plan on a few and they multiply. We started with 8 hens. I expanded the coop, and built two more coops. We have about 90 chickens now.
    Definitely be safe getting chickens, chicks, or hatching eggs. We are NPIP certified, the State VET comes to our farm twice a year to test our chickens. [I changed my avatar]

  16. Hi there
    Good information
    Keep on growing
    Keep on dancing
    Have a good day
    Zone 6 we are in

  17. Hey Jason how do you separate the meat chickens from the egg layers ? also is it possible to breed both egg layers and meat chickens on the same farm in two different flocks ? Maybe you and Mrs Cog hill could do a PDF I would drop 99 cents or so for some of your collected wisdom.

  18. Love the channel , been absent on comments but you have change my life . I’ve found joy in raising chickens through your channel and you have been a huge help . Thank you

  19. Bonjour. I discovered your channel yesterday through this collaboration video and keep watching all your videos cause I love your personality of three of you. Very different very funny very complementary. I love that.

  20. I am so happy you haven't brought up anything I haven't considered. Or the rooster thing I had to explain to my city boy husband lol

  21. Re: climate minded chicken shopping. We have made this mistake. We have fat heavy chickens in zone 9 hot as hell summers. We are ordering a new mix of heat friendly birds next spring! Defiantly newbie mistake

  22. I don't know how I missed out from knowing you. Since I'm friends with Dutch, Dan, and Kevin and Sarah, I thought I'd sub'd you too. Make one big happy family. πŸ™‚

  23. Great info Jason. New to chickens so I have a question for you and anyone else. My flock of 3 started laying a few weeks ago and the eggs are small with strong shells. One hen has laid 3 large soft shelled eggs while roosting at night. Anyone heard of this? Any suggestions? They have access to calcium and recently I put it in their food. She is an Easter Egger if that makes a difference. Appreciate any help.

  24. I'm here from arms family homestead and he sed about ur chicken video very helpful thank u so much I loved it when all the chickens ran out coop lol

  25. Climate: Yup. In New Mexico – my first experience with chickens, we had a mixed "feed store" flock; my cousin and I bought one or two chicks of each breed the feed store was selling, including some turkey poults. Years later, in Texas, I raised Ameraucanas and Dorkings.
    When I moved up here to Western Washington, my intention was to get chickens, but after building a hen house and living through my first winter, I decided to get ducks and geese instead of chickens – the ducks and geese don't mind cold and wet weather at all, whereas I knew my chickens hated it. Yeah, I could find some chickens with rose combs or some other minimal comb, but why put them through 6 months of cold, soggy weather?
    Ducks and geese have more personality, imo, than chickens. Plus, I love duck eggs more than chicken eggs now. Ducks lay strong and heavy for four years, too; mine layed all winter for the first two years. We'll see how they do this winter.

  26. Agree that chickens are very addictive, we started with 9 on my son's birthday in January, next Thursday we will have 49 haha, great video and thanks for the tips

  27. What is the best breed of chicken for here in south Alabama? I'm thinking about getting some wynadottes is that a good idea?

  28. Great list! Maybe someone can do a video on the top 5 mistakes to raising Guinea Fowl…. cause- they have flown the coop……………………………………. πŸ™

  29. New to your channel, excited to see more. We have a mix of chickens and they lay right up till Dec. here in Kentucky. Q; why do they kill and eat each other sometimes.

  30. Do you think you could be a bit more relaxed on where you get your chickens if you established quarantine procedures for incoming poultry?

  31. I happened upon a dance collaberation in my recommendations and it led me to you. Glad I found you guys!!! Gotta catch up now!

  32. I haven't done this for a while, but I'm about to start getting critters again. One of the ways tpo protect grain storage for animals is Diatomaceous earth. The weevils are killedΒ  by it and it also deworms anyone or thing that uses the grain. For the parasites it's like eating glass. After everything hits the fan and then the compost heap the DE is added to your soil doing its work on nematodes. I used it for years with our ducks, turkeys, chickens and peafowl. Here's a video on the topic.

  33. You have some of the most beautiful chickens/Rod and other roosters included. I have never seen the likes of some of those chickens and if my husband would let me have some I might be guilty of buying them for their looks. Thank you for enlightening me so that if I'm allowed in the future to even have a few I know to look for the ones that are South Texas born and raised! As usual I love your vlogs! God bless you and your family!

  34. Hey Jason, thanks for answering my questions & comments whenever I write to you and your family and thank you for wishing me a merry Christmas. Weed em & reap didn't even wish anyone a merry Christmas, shame on them. I'll be watching you from now on. At least you have some class, thanks for taking the time to write to me, god bless you and your family.

  35. Eggcellent video! As always, great info from the ever knowledgeable and classy Ms. Peaches. And the chicken stampede scene is Oscar worthy!

    Does anyone know if buff orps are ok for warm, humid weather? Southeast U.S.

  36. Excellent. Thank you. I reread the Livestock Conservancy information again only last night. There's more information there than any other source I've yet found.

  37. Love your video! I've got a question about wild birds. I live in Hawaii and we have 8 hens for eggs. We're having a problem with the wild doves coming in and eating a lot of the chicken feed. Our chickens are free ranged and we have their food in a couple of 5 gallon buckets with these feeder attachments that we purchased from this guy in the Philippines that is supposed to prevent the wild birds from getting into the feed. I guess it helps a little, but we still lose a lot of feed to these neighborhood thieves lol. Any suggestions?

  38. Dude, you are a riot, PRECIOUS, and know how to not only inform and keep one engaged, but entertain–especially with your segues, analogies, and metaphors. Foghorn Leghorn (Warner Bros) and Simpson cartoons. 2001: A Space Oddity chickens bum rushing out of the gate. A chicken named Rod Stewart. LMAO!!

  39. Oh my goodness! I just CRACKED UP when I saw this video! Great job producing this one! I got turkeys, ducks & chickens when we moved to our country retirement homestead. I can TOTALLY relate!

  40. I have been seeing you all over the place but thanks to Daniel at #ARMS, I decided to come give a look πŸ‘€ see to your homestead.
    Happy πŸ˜ƒ I did. I love this video and I am thinking πŸ€” I just might enjoy 😊 your vids.
    I sure like This One ☝️

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