Pulling at the heart strings…

Oh, this was hard – I just received a mail from a lovely caterer that I know locally.  She’s trying to help re-home some ex Battery Hens.  I’ve never discussed chickens with her so I’m guessing she just did a huge shout out.

I would love to help out but I really don’t think my coop is large enough for more hens – so please spread the news and let’s see if we can save some hens.

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We’ve got chickens!

So it was back to the trusty old web to find somewhere that had Point of Lay chickens in stock.

I needed Point of Lay as I was ready (i.e. impatient) to get going.  A lot of my friends thought I’d get small chicks and raise them but I realised that would involve more investment, both in time and money.  Plus of course, I’d have to wait longer for eggs.

I also needed small to medium sized hens.  The coop I had wasn’t huge and so I couldn’t cope with the larger breeds such as Orpingtons.  I’d also learnt that hybrid hens have more of a tendency to go broody.  This is fantastic if you have a cockerel and want to breed chicks but that was definitely not in my plans, so having a chicken sitting on the nest for weeks on end was not a good option.  So I was aiming for hybrids.

I did wonder about getting Battery hens – it seemed like a great caring option.  However, it also seemed riskier – they’d need more care and attention and I just wasn’t sure I was ready for that.  Maybe next time.

So we called two local poultry farms and found that they both had a small selection.  It’s a bit too early in the season for much choice.  I was very tempted by some from the Rare Breed farm but my husband had spoken to Shelley at Race Farm Poultry and she was so helpful that I headed in that direction.

Despite the cold and wind Shelley took the time to show us around all her hens.  They were gorgeous – from fluffy Silkies to large Orpingtons we wanted to take them all home!  Unfortunately, the only two available were Amberlinks (White) and Gingernut Ranger (Ginger!).  So after a little running about the pens, Shelly managed to get us one of each.

We had hens!  Meet Ginny (Ginger) and Luna (White)…