Posted May 04, 2015
Living in a farm environment makes keeping chickens a doddle. I've always loved keeping chickens and they never fail to disappoint. Each have unique and quirky characteristics, but all lay amazing eggs.
As far back as I can remember we've always opted for Brahma breed chickens as these are more suited to the cold, which is great when you live in the north of England. It also means that they don't need as much attention or equipment as the breeds that need constant heating and lighting.
Our current batch of Ladies all have names beginning with H. We have: Hilda, Harriet, Henrietta and Hyacinth... All my mum's choice. Keeping chickens is a pure joy and the eggs they produce are great.
When you first set up a coop,expect to wait a little while before you getyour first batch of eggs. It often takes the ladies a couple of weeks to de stress and feel at home. The only important point I would like to make is always make sure your chickens are safely in the coop at night. We've unfortunately lost a couple of chickens in the past to a hungry fox.
Our chickens mainly live off our table scraps, which is great for keeping the feed bill down. We supplement this regularly with off the shelf vitamin pellets, which have kept our hens looking shiny and new.