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Wednesday, 1 February 2012

CHICKENS!!

I spent the night at a good friends house last night who happens to have her own chickens in her back garden; which with my over active imagination, specially for a project has now got me thinking. The last couple of weeks i have started thinking about what i am going to do in terms of growing the grass back. Well... if i have chickens i wont need to bother!!!! They can occupy the area whist we live here and then ill just put the ugly stones back down when we go!! I am going to get Scott to email our landlord later and see what she says, as long as we put the garden back together again when we leave i really don't see why it would be a problem... she has no idea i pulled all the stones up as it is so the damage is kinda already done anyway..

I have been looking at houses for them all afternoon and can't decide whether a house and a run is a good option or just to buy a house and make a run myself.
The premade runs look so small. Ok i only want 2 chickens but i would feel mean if they didn't have a lot of space. But then can i really be bothered to make my own pen around a house? The houses are nice but that it much more work... I guess it would completely come down to price!
This one is made for 6 birds so i wouldn't need one that big.. I'm not sure..

OK so ill need:
  • Housing
  • An area for a run or pen
  • 1 feeder (or more depending on how many hens you're keeping)
  • 1 drinker (or more depending on how many hens you're keeping)
  • Feed bin (safe from pests and vermin accessing it)
  • Feed scoop
  • Bedding
  • Nest boxes
Food Suppliments and Medical Supplies...
  • Poultry tonic/spice (vit and mineral supplement)
  • Citricidal (good for colds and coughs etc)
  • Cider vinegar
  • Anti-mite/lice/flea powder
  • Flubenvet or Verm-X for regular worming treatment
  • Vaseline
  • Limestone flour or Davinova C (Calcium supplement)
  • Garlic powder (helps keep hens in good health and also reduces the odour from the droppings). 

Websites to remember:
  • http://www.henkeeping.co.uk/general-care.html
  • http://www.rspca.org.uk/allaboutanimals/pets/farmanimals/chickens


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