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Sue G

Chicken

Anyone keep chickens????

A friend said she would give me her chicken house when we move.

questions i have.

Are they expensive to keep? food beding etc.

I have been reading about fleas, little red mites, foot problems which is putting me off

Are they really worth it, (time & money)
or should i just stick to buying eggs from the supermarket. No problem if they produce lots of eggs as the kids love eggs.

Just need to know, did you wish you never bothered.

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Sue G

chicken

sorry, pc can't spell

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Welshcookie

Chicken

You will never regret having chickens, but it is a moot point whether you owe them money or they owe you.

They will scratch up everywhere, peck at your plants; you will get rats; the fox, pole cats, mink, will try to eat them. Someone will have to feed and shut them up every day.

But you will never regret having them for their wonderful eggs (when they are in lay) and the pleasure they will give you.

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Gerry

keeping chooks

Totally agree with Welshcookie, but you're unlikely to get all that pest problem. The children will love keeping them. We've never regretted having chooks.

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chickens

I don't keep them myself, as most of my neighbours do so I have a ready supply of eggs.

From what they tell me, they lay the most expensive eggs on the planet, which are not evenly distributed so it is very much feast or famine. If you are looking to save money go to the supermarket!

Some of my friends gave up fairly quickly, either because the fox got the hens (they can dig under wire so get an electric fence), or the novelty wore off.

If you are prepared to put in the effort, can fox proof the hen house, and aren't too cost conscious nothing beats really fresh eggs from happy hens.

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Sue G

chickens

Hi,

Thank you for the advice.

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lemonsqueaky

Keeping chickens

My friend in France has three 'girl's and they are wonderful. One has a bald bum at the moment so she's been dusted for mites etc but it could be that's bottom (the pun!) of the pecking order. They're not really allowed in the kitchen but are very curious creatures and love to follow us about. I found their clucking and coo-ing very soothing. When we had a cuppa they'd roost under the table with us.

There is the safety issue with foxes etc but that can be sorted. It becomes a routine to get them to bed (they sit and wait to be escorted) and up in the morning. My favourite bit was shaking a bowl of cat biscuits which they go bonkers about - never thought a chook could run so fast!

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lemonsqueaky

Keeping chickens

ps
My god they've got big feet - they demolish everything like rotivators!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Linzechris

Chickens

If not fenced in they will destroy your garden by digging up plants, but you can keep mites at bay with poultry sheild and leg mite by brushing their perches with surgical spirit once in a while. Beware of foxes though as once you have chickens you will be totally smitten with them and it will break your heart when the fox gets them.
Fresh eggs daily is wonderful, and they are really lovely funny creatures to watch.
I would recommend keeping chickens to anyone that can as they are so rewarding.
I had some rescue chickens that were battery hens and to watch them blossom in to 'normal' chickens was the best thing ever!
I have an automatic door on their pop hole so that it opens and closes at dusk and dawn.If I'm away a neighbour feeds them and collects the eggs so if you have a kind neighbour you're ok, if not you have to take all that in to consideration. I would also recommend that you read up on it a bit so that their welfare needs are met. x

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Yummy

Chickens

Hi Sue, won't be long now before you are in the throws of moving (now the French have had their hols !)

I don't have chickens now, but for the time I did it was a lovely experience and a delight. You do have to take into account their welfare when you aren't there, but as Linzechris says as long as you have nice neighbours that will do the honours while you are not there then they will benefit from the delicious eggs too.

I have a few books about chickens (in English) that I would gladly pass on to you if you want to send me your new address by email.

Yummy

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Sue G

chickens

Hi,

Sorry not replied, hubby has been home from work, so made him help me pack up the rest of the house.

After giving it a lot of thought i think we might stick to the supermarket.

Looking after them won't be a problem.

It will be keeping the foxes out of the garden.
We had thought there were foxes around, so checked with some local people, and yes. Our house backs onto a forest, which has quite a number of them living there.

Thanks yummy for the book offer. Still keeping our fingers crossed that we move on the 25, but you know what the french are like, slow/slow & even slower when you want something done fast.
my email address is changed, using hubby's old address at the moment (in profile) my pc has blocked google, plus blocked me making a new address.
need a pc expert to come and look at the pc.

 
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