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Lay a little egg for me!
Member Name: jaynecrewe
Advantages: Lovely free range eggs
Disadvantages: Coup can get a bit smelly!
We had an old shed in our garden which our daughters wanted us to turn into a chicken coup!
So we went and bought 4 black rock chicks. The girls have named them Eyelash, Twinkle, Cookie and Sophie, although we dont know which one is which!
They took around 4 months to start laying for us and I have to say the eggs they lay taste amazing! We get about 20 eggs a week from them.
Chickens are really easy to keep, we just fill the shed and outdoor run with straw, grit which they need for their digestion and feed them on laying pellets and water. We put 4 big shoe boxes in there for them to use as laying boxes and a large plank of wood for their perch.
We also have to clip their wings a couple of times a year to stop them from flying over to the neighbours gardens!
We let them out every day to have a scrath around the garden and at night they all just go back into their coup.
I also have a 6 year old border collie who isnt bothered by them at all, they all get along fine. Infact the chicken have grown to be really tame and when my partner opens their door, they all come running to the kitchen door for treats.
We also feed them all our leftover vegetables/peelings and bread. They also love a handful of sweetcorn which we just buy frozen from the supermarket.
Keeping chickens hasnt put me off eating chicken BUT we would never eat one of our own!
Summary: A lovely pet for the children