I’ve only had chickens since April 2011, when I took over responsibility for my cousin’s 3 hens because she was being daft and prioritised getting married and building a house with her husband over animals (some people are crazy!) 🙂
Here are some of my hens as they are today. Total of 10 hens and 2 cockerels.
I have two hen houses for them. I only close them up when the weather gets bad, but they are free to come and go whenever they like.
They’re always out and about, here they are sheltering from a cold northerly by the wheel of the trailer. The trailer definitely needs a lick of paint!
Being chased by some hungry chooks!
I slowly built up the number of hens over the year, adding a few in autumn and a few more over the winter and into spring. The two below came in February, having hitched a lift from Inverness on a lorry-load of hay that was being delivered to Island Crofter Ltd, a business run by a friend of mine. I happened to be off work so nipped up and took them off their hands. They had laid 2 eggs on the lorry, but I let them keep them! (The picture also appeared in Fios, the newspaper in Ness)
I recently purchased 4 new hens. This is one of them, while they were penned next to the rest of the hens during the first week or so. I think I’ll stay at this number of hens now!
They’re pretty productive, usually ranging between 4-8 eggs per day. Many more than I (and my parents) can use, so I have started selling them to friends for £1 per half dozen. Quite cheap, I know but it more than covers my monthly feed costs and that’s all I want.
Some of the younger birds have just started laying – resulting in some tiny eggs!
Anyway, along with eggs, I get fun and enjoyment out of keeping chickens!