keeping chickens - the first 6 months
Friday, 12 September 2014
Sara from Hen Corner who gave us some advice. Until this point all our learning had come from books and the internet so it was nice to have someone look at our set up and let us know what we were doing right...or wrong. Sara said the space we had cornered off for them in the garden was more than enough for 3 chickens (it could really take at least 8-10 chickens) so space wasn't a problem. We had been letting them run riot in the garden to try and stop the feet pecking but long term we do want them slightly more contained. We had been feeding them a mixed feed of corn and grains, but Sara recommended layers pellets, as this would give them everything they would need for good egg production and stops them being picky eaters. (They currently eat the best bits of the mixed feed and leave the bits they don't like.) Sara also recommended a purple anti-peck spray which could help with the feet pecking and heal any wounds they might have. I've just ordered some from Omlet who do some of the best looking chicken houses and also have a lovely French website as well as their English one! At some point we want to add to our flock, but Sara told us to sort out the feet problem first otherwise it could just escalate.
Thanks for the advice Sara! Do go and check out her lovely site 'Hen Corner' where you'll find some great chicken keeping advice alongside details of her London based courses, recipes and more!
Do let us know if you keep chickens. We'd love to hear your chicken keeping tales!