What do I need to keep chickens? Any advice?

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Found 12th Mar 2011
Ok I've just started getting into growing my own veg, and as a result have been inspired to think of getting some chickens. Does anyone have any experience of keeping chickens? What equipment do I need? How do I stop the cat from killing them within days? We have quite a big garden, so space isn't really an issue for keeping them.

Thanks in advance guys!

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Perhaps look here

I think DLM keeps chickens she might be able to offer you some advice.

Yep ask Dlm , although i think i recall a few other members have chickens too !.......Barky maybe one to ask !


Shoot , scrap that about barky , he has ducks not chickens
Edited by: "shopstilldrops" 12th Mar 2011

I have kept chickens for the last couple of years and it is really easy.
You will need a hen house ( Mine is an old dog kennel with a couple of nesting boxes added to the back, some perches inside and a closable door) A grain feeder with raincover and a water feeder I purchased a plastic one initially but it froze and cracked in the winter so I now have a galvanised one.
Look at ebay item numbers: 300405574384 or 280631819191 ( these are just examples I don't know if the prices are good for these ones)

I feed mine on layers pellets and corn which I buy from my local QD store for about £8 per 20Kg which last me ages. They also finish off all our leftovers.

I would suggest that you probably fence them in a little as mine completely killed the grass in the part of the garden they are in. I also would not worry about the cats as the chickens tend to stand up for themselves and my cats are now very cautious arrange the chickens.

Lastly be prepared for complaints from your neighbours if you have any moaners living near you, apparently a neighbour two gardens away can here my chickens clucking all day and that makes me the neighbour from hell.

Edited by: "melcarroll" 12th Mar 2011

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Thanks for the replies so far, very helpful.

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melcarroll

I have kept chickens for the last couple of years and it is really … I have kept chickens for the last couple of years and it is really easy.You will need a hen house ( Mine is an old dog kennel with a couple of nesting boxes added to the back, some perches inside and a closable door) A grain feeder with raincover and a water feeder I purchased a plastic one initially but it froze and cracked in the winter so I now have a galvanised one.Look at ebay item numbers: 300405574384 or 280631819191 ( these are just examples I don't know if the prices are good for these ones)I feed mine on layers pellets and corn which I buy from my local QD store for about £8 per 20Kg which last me ages. They also finish off all our leftovers.I would suggest that you probably fence them in a little as mine completely killed the grass in the part of the garden they are in. I also would not worry about the cats as the chickens tend to stand up for themselves and my cats are now very cautious arrange the chickens.Lastly be prepared for complaints from your neighbours if you have any moaners living near you, apparently a neighbour two gardens away can here my chickens clucking all day and that makes me the neighbour from hell.




I don't have any neighbours apart from sheep in the field behind :P

Every house hold are allowed chickens a 1956 law just not allowed a cock


paulwilly

Every house hold are allowed chickens a 1956 law just not allowed a cock

OR 2

paulwilly

Every house hold are allowed chickens a 1956 law just not allowed a cock




Oohhh, didnt know that ..............best go and pack hubbys stuff now then !
Edited by: "shopstilldrops" 12th Mar 2011

chickens first of all

What you need to know? We have 8, started off with 4 then gradually built up as people have given them us.

youll need, sweet and sour sauce, bbq, gravy and paxo on standby


melcarroll

I feed mine on layers pellets and corn which I buy from my local QD store … I feed mine on layers pellets and corn which I buy from my local QD store for about £8 per 20Kg which last me ages. They also finish off all our leftovers.



Be careful in the summer with giving them corn it can cause them to overheat, corn is best fed to meat birds, layers pellets are all they really need, ours get an handful of corn in the afternoon in winter at its coldest as they digest it overnight and it keeps them warm.

We pay £6 for 20kg of pellets and thats delivered too!

They can eat pretty much any left overs apart from pepper and raw potato(and potato peelings), onion isnt too good either


Rupz

chickens first of all



Nope a house, feed, feeders, bedding etc first THEN you get the chooks

Ask Ian Holloway.

Seriously.

If you are getting quite a few chooks a spring feeder is a better option, all you need is a barrel or large container you can put wooden legs on, then you can buy the springs for less than £2 online.

If possible let them have rainwater rather than tap, we collect ours directly into an old brewing barrel from their run roof, this is fed to a pipe which then has nipple drinkers in these are about 60/70p from the same place has the spring, if interested I will look into my email for the company I have used.

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bellabonkers

I think DLM keeps chickens she might be able to offer you some … I think DLM keeps chickens she might be able to offer you some advice.[/quote[quote=shopstilldrops]Yep ask Dlm , although i think i recall a few other members have chickens too !.......Barky maybe one to ask !Shoot , scrap that about barky , he has ducks not chickens



I do!

Firstly you must get your hens from here:-

bhwt.org.uk/cms…ns/

Adele at haslingden usually has 400 a month to give away.

I have 6 ex-battery hens and they are so rewarding.

We got our 1st coop from freegle.

Then my bf and dad made a large shed type coop and attached the run that we got from freegle to it.

They love digging so corden some of your garden if you want to keep some garden.

There is a good shop called Eureka at Haslingden that sells all chicken things.

Good luck!

when i had to feed and clean the chickens out at my previous job the feed was mixed up with what looked like broken shells. I was told if helps to strengthen the eggs. Quite easy to look after and clean out. If my garden was bigger i would keep them.

Good on you for getting some!
Here's thread I created a few years back when we first got some. May give you a few ideas...

Clicky!

They are very easy to keep and maintain and the eggs are just out of this world!
They had a diet of Layers Pellets, Corn as a treat and some oyster shell on the side.

They have all died off now, and we have a dog so will not be getting anymore

Edited by: "birdyboyuk" 12th Mar 2011

Just get them ready cooked at tesco ,my express store has had them @ £3.50 recently ,saves all that messing about with cutting off their heads etc.

Chickens

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leecroot

when i had to feed and clean the chickens out at my previous job the feed … when i had to feed and clean the chickens out at my previous job the feed was mixed up with what looked like broken shells. I was told if helps to strengthen the eggs. Quite easy to look after and clean out. If my garden was bigger i would keep them.



It's grit and helps them digest their food.

Mine love cucumber and sweetcorn.

I have had mine for a while now, had no problems, dont think your cat will bother them once there fully mature, I have two jack russles and they keep well out of there way when the chickens are roaming.

I have 2 large hens and a bag of food (Layers pellet £6) lasts well over a month, maybe 2 as they eat most scraps on the side and I have been getting an egg a day each of them, even through the winter.

mine live in one of these Item number: 250784796830 (ebay)

I would love more but they do cluck quite a bit which doesnt bother me but I have neighbours so im quite wary of this even though they have never complained.

I hatched my own which was great for the kids to see and mine are really tame, but you have to wait 6+months for eggs, but there often advertised in the yellow paper or theres the ex battery option.

Oh and the eggs are delicious. I used to buy smartprice eggs and the white would spread round the whole pan, these hold there shape and the yolks are really rich and tasty.

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rockerfella20

I have had mine for a while now, had no problems, dont think your cat … I have had mine for a while now, had no problems, dont think your cat will bother them once there fully mature, I have two jack russles and they keep well out of there way when the chickens are roaming.I have 2 large hens and a bag of food (Layers pellet £6) lasts well over a month, maybe 2 as they eat most scraps on the side and I have been getting an egg a day each of them, even through the winter.mine live in one of these Item number: 250784796830 (ebay)I would love more but they do cluck quite a bit which doesnt bother me but I have neighbours so im quite wary of this even though they have never complained.I hatched my own which was great for the kids to see and mine are really tame, but you have to wait 6+months for eggs, but there often advertised in the yellow paper or theres the ex battery option.Oh and the eggs are delicious. I used to buy smartprice eggs and the white would spread round the whole pan, these hold there shape and the yolks are really rich and tasty.



Are you going to hatch anymore this year?

Love the coop too.
Edited by: "DLM" 12th Mar 2011


DLM

It's grit and helps them digest their food.



You can use egg shell too just pop it in the oven a bit after cooking it gets rid of the taste so they dont start eating their own eggs, then crush it.


Dont get a araucana hen though ours is very broody at times and likes to sit on the others eggs and hates you taking them away, she is viscous!


harlzter

Nope a house, feed, feeders, bedding etc first THEN you get the chooks



The egg first surely?

Someone selling a run I found on preloved a few weeks back, the badly worded description had me in stitches and I immediately thought it could be DLM (sorry hun but it did!)
http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s308/harlzter/c-ck.jpg

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harlzter

You can use egg shell too just pop it in the oven a bit after cooking it … You can use egg shell too just pop it in the oven a bit after cooking it gets rid of the taste so they dont start eating their own eggs, then crush it.Dont get a araucana hen though ours is very broody at times and likes to sit on the others eggs and hates you taking them away, she is viscous!



I need to bake my shell because I have given them some raw.

My last ex-battery hen is massive now.

Before

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll17/groovychick500/DSCI0861.jpg

After

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll17/groovychick500/DSCI0006-1.jpg

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Thanks for all your help, will definitely look into the Haslingden option as it's only 20 mins away from me. I just love the idea of waking up to fresh eggs in the morning
Edited by: "Dailydealer" 12th Mar 2011

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Dailydealer

Thanks for all your help, will definitely look into the Haslingden option … Thanks for all your help, will definitely look into the Haslingden option as it's only 20 mins away from me. I just love the idea of waking up to fresh eggs in the morning



Adele is lovely at Haslingden and it is such a worthwhile thing to do.

Let us know what you decide to do

http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s308/harlzter/chook3.jpg
http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s308/harlzter/chook4.jpg
http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s308/harlzter/chook2.jpg

Thats our first 4, cant find pics of the others


Dailydealer

Thanks for all your help, will definitely look into the Haslingden option … Thanks for all your help, will definitely look into the Haslingden option as it's only 20 mins away from me. I just love the idea of waking up to fresh eggs in the morning



You usually get them in the mid morning to mid afternoon.

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harlzter

You usually get them in the mid morning to mid afternoon.



We always have eggs.

We sell them to friend's and family to pay for the food.

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harlzter

Persnickety or what?You usually get them in the mid morning to mid … Persnickety or what?You usually get them in the mid morning to mid afternoon.

Dailydealer



lol just pointing out if you expect them first thing in the morning you will be dissapointed or if you have kids they will, ours used to run out before breakfast to see if they had started laying!

It did confuse them when i sneaked a creme egg out just before they checked!
Persnickety or what?


Edited by: "harlzter" 12th Mar 2011

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harlzter

lol just pointing out if you expect them first thing in the morning you … lol just pointing out if you expect them first thing in the morning you will be dissapointed or if you have kids they will, ours used to run out before breakfast to see if they had started laying!It did confuse them when i sneaked a creme egg out just before they checked!Persnickety or what?




Fair enough, but surely you knew what I meant?! As in fresh eggs everyday, irrelevant of the time of day as I'm no expert...

eggs from my little chucks (i have bantams) are just uber-tasty compared with supermarket cack.

they are a doddle to look after.

plus i have a border collie and he is absolutely no bother with them.

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scrumpypaul

eggs from my little chucks (i have bantams) are just uber-tasty compared … eggs from my little chucks (i have bantams) are just uber-tasty compared with supermarket cack.they are a doddle to look after.plus i have a border collie and he is absolutely no bother with them.




We have a labrador, so I think she'll be more scared of the hens than vice versa.

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harlzter

lol just pointing out if you expect them first thing in the morning you … lol just pointing out if you expect them first thing in the morning you will be dissapointed or if you have kids they will, ours used to run out before breakfast to see if they had started laying!It did confuse them when i sneaked a creme egg out just before they checked!Persnickety or what?



You have given me an idea I might put a creme egg with cling film wrapped around it in the coop for a surprise for my bf (_;)


rockerfella20

I have had mine for a while now, had no problems, dont think your cat … I have had mine for a while now, had no problems, dont think your cat will bother them once there fully mature, I have two jack russles and they keep well out of there way when the chickens are roaming.I have 2 large hens and a bag of food (Layers pellet £6) lasts well over a month, maybe 2 as they eat most scraps on the side and I have been getting an egg a day each of them, even through the winter.mine live in one of these Item number: 250784796830 (ebay)I would love more but they do cluck quite a bit which doesnt bother me but I have neighbours so im quite wary of this even though they have never complained.I hatched my own which was great for the kids to see and mine are really tame, but you have to wait 6+months for eggs, but there often advertised in the yellow paper or theres the ex battery option.Oh and the eggs are delicious. I used to buy smartprice eggs and the white would spread round the whole pan, these hold there shape and the yolks are really rich and tasty.



I have been so tempted too, but ican you keep them in this all the time? or are they ok having concrete to walk on? the grass space in my GFs garden is not that big and the whole garden is about 50ft and as we have a baby on the way we would not want them all over the garden, so the baby has space to play? lol
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