My children are animal crazy, if they had their own way I do not want to think what animals we might end up with. We now have 4 guinea pigs, Custard, Sunny, Rocky & Diesel which all live in a big hutch in the garden together. Another recent addition on top of the guinea pig is 2 Giant African land snails called slimey & Goerge (Harriet named them).
We also keep chickens. We welcomed 5 yes FIVE new additions to the family?!?!?! Well it started with 2 hybrid hens… those 2 were 18 weeks when they come to live with us… but addiction set in and 2 was not enough. We needed 1 each! So now we have ended up with 5 laying hens.
Ive always wanted to keep some chickens, nothing nicer then fresh free range eggs, and for FREE? Each chicken should lay about 300 eggs a year, so our 5 girls will kindly feed us 1500 eggs in a year! saving us about £500! It does not cost much to keep chickens, the most expensive part is the hen house, but I managed to find a bargain online. Then you can also buy all the accessories online from Fair Field Sales for not much money, you will need feeders and drinkers, preferably galvanised as they last long, but start with the cheap plastic varieties to keep costs low.
They are easy to look after, and so much fun for the children. The girls love running around the garden with them, plus the excitement of finding eggs every morning makes it all worth while. Chickens also make recycling easier as they will eat all your food scraps, especially some warm rice and pasta in the colder months. If our garden was larger I would have more! But be warned they like to dig and scratch about especially in flower beds, so fence off any areas you do not want them ruining.
If you have any questions about keeping chickens I am happy to answer, just leave your questions in the comments below.