New Chickens!

Today we're linking up with Eco-Gites of Lenault and their 'Animal Tales' to introduce our new chickens! You may have read about our last disastrous attempt at keeping chickens but we were undeterred and we now have a lovely new set of hens at the back of our garden. I missed out on chicken buying last time round so I made sure I was available one Monday morning and we headed off to Caussade market.

There weren't quite as many stands as I thought there might be and in the end we bought our hens from the same person we bought from before as he had what we thought were the best looking ones. We decided on two marans (the black ones) and three sussex (the white) and were initially also going to get a cockrel. However, the more I've read the more I don't think we really need one. For starters I'm not keen on the idea of loads of baby chickens (as cute as they are) and apparantly the cockrel could be quite aggressive towards small children in protecting the hens. Jacob loves to hang out in the coop so I don't like the idea of that much. So for now we'll stick to the girls.


Unlike our last bunch who fought all the time this lot are quite happy in each other's company. We've already had a couple of eggs and we're hoping they will all start laying regularly soon now that the days are longer and brighter. We're not going to make the same mistake we made last time, we're going to make sure they are always locked up at night!

Do you keep chickens? We'd love to hear some of your chicken keeping tales!


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8 comments

  1. I'm so pleased to hear your chickens seem to be getting on this time. It's awful having to deal with personality differences. Are the eggs tastier then the shop ones?

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    1. I think they definitely taste different and you can tell they look different straight away. I think they have more flavour and would choose them over shop bought ones any day.

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  2. Very best of chicken luck with your new friends, we find ours no bother at all so long as we keep them out of reach of the local foxes!

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    1. I've never seen foxes around here but there has been talk of polecats. I have no idea what got our last bunch but hopefully it's long gone by now!

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  3. Yay, good luck with your chickens - we have kept chickens for 7 years now and I would hate to be without them. Now do NOT forget to close that door.

    Many thanks for adding your feathered story to #AnimalTales this week.

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    1. Being in a little French village our garden is not attached to our house which is why we got a little lazy with closing the door last time round! Thanks for the link up it's been good reading other #AnimalTales

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  4. Aargh I'm so jealous!!! We had chickens when I was little, and I loved going in to feed them. We never had a cockerel either - I think they can be quite scary for little children. One day, ONE DAY we will have a garden with chickens too (don't think they take to a city balcony...). Good luck with them, hope these ones thrive and give you lots of yummy eggs.

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    1. I love going to give them "treats" in the afternoon...scraps of food or some corn. Still waiting for eggs but I'm sure the sunshine will get them laying soon!

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