Yesterday and today we have let the the chickens out to roam our garden.
Yesterday we let them out 1 hour before dusk. Stripey fell a sleep whilst standing and sitting outside and inside so she missed all the fun. Yesterday if one hen went in the rest would go in and then if one went out the others would go out. This kept happening for about 30minutes. Finally at about quarter past eight they went in to bed.
Today we let them out at 2pm and they initially acted the same – in and out.
All but Stripey have been for lunch. They have now been out in the garden for 1.5hours and seem quite happy clucking and roaming around the garden or sunbathing.
Today we are meant to be letting them out to free range around the garden 1 hour before dawn. However because Snowy keeps trying to fly up to the top of the run when it starts getting dark we are going to leave them in the run for 1 more day.
Today we got our chickens from The Poultry Paddock (http://poultrypaddock.com/) in Newcastle Under Lyme. My mum had emailed Howard(the farmer) who had had lots of chickens for sale.
We set off pretty early to get there for 10:00 although we got there slightly early.
Howard was looking after the chickens when we got there. Howard was a very friendly man. When we arrived Howard told us to wipe our feet on some disinfectant so the chickens stayed in a good condition. Whilst we were looking Howard was telling us what the different breeds were.
We then had to decide which chickens we wanted. We decided to get 3 – one for mum and dad, one for Charlie and one for me.
First Charlie decided, then me and finally mum and dad.
I chose a stripey one which I called Stripey (Barred Rock breed).
Charlie chose a white one with a black collar which he called Snowy (White Sussex breed).
Mum and dad chose one with a really dark head and a pale body which they called Bluebell (Bluebell breed).
Howard clipped their wings (it’s like having your hair cut) so that it would be difficult for them to fly away. We brought a box to take them home in – they were very comfy in it on the back seat next to me and Charlie.
When we got home we let them into the run to explore. We are leaving them in the run and coop for 4 days so they get used to our garden before letting them out.
Today (9/8/2016) we got our chicken coop and the run : ). In the chicken coop there is 1 floor and 3 compartments for the chickens to lay eggs. There is a cleaning tray so you can clean out the chickens without having to go inside. The run is movable so it isn’t heavy and hard to move.
Outside there is a bulge which is where the chickens lay there eggs (something that I mentioned before).
We are not getting chicks because they are to hard to look after while we are new with chicks/cockerels/chickens. We are also not getting a cockerel because they are too noisy. As a result of us not getting a cockerel we shall not be getting any chicks – eggs with chickens inside.
We are going to just get female chickens called hens. My mum would like to get black and white chickens. That is what we’re hoping to get. A man said if we come on Sunday we can chose our chickens, but if we find somewhere before Sunday then we are going to get them from that animal/chicken place (only if they have the right type of chicken!).