Keeping Chickens

When I hear the phrase keeping chickens my heart just grows.  You see we are a chicken keeping family.  We are in fact owned by the lovely ladies who are certainly part of our family.

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Sometimes I feel they are the only ones listening to me when I speak but then I remember that’s because I’m stood there with a bag of golden corn in my hand.  A little daily treat for  my girls for producing such yummy eyes for us.  Golden corn that adds to the most amazing gold colour of their yolks.

At the moment we have 7 chickens, 3 of which are rescue hens; Ex Commercial barn hens that have spent their whole life in a crowded barn.  Our 3 girls were from a huge 2,118 hens rescued from a farm outside Sheffield.

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The girls love their freedom and have The girls love their freedom and have taken really well to outdoor life since they came to live with us.  When they arrived the actual health of the birds surprised me as I was expecting lots of missing feather which they’re weren’t.  Sadly this is not always the case with ex commercial hens.  Although our did have a covering of feather there overall health was quite run down as they had spent the last 18 months of their lives in a cage with no daylight and no opportunity to scratch around in the dirt and take dirt baths.

This sort of behaviour is vital for chickens well being as they need to scratch for bugs and plants to eat to enrich their diet and not ever having the chance to be out in sunlight is not fair on any animal.  In order to keep the oils on their feather healthy chickens naturally bath is dirt baths.  Basically this means dry dirt/dust is rolled in and pushed over their feather to regulate the natural oils.

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Having your own chickens means you get lots of eggs.  That means it’s often baking day!  With this constant influx of eggs into the house, some time 7 a day, I use a lot of recipes that contain eggs.  Especially cakes.  Cakes are always a favourite here!

Its always a good day when it’s baking day in our house! Apart from their personalities it the best part about keeping chickens.   Favourite recipes for the kids are coca cola cakes, where as I am a huge fan of gooey butter cakes.  We are also big fans of egg mayo on toast for a Sunday morning treat.

Do you keep chickens or know anybody who does?  Is keeping chickens something you have ever considered doing?

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6 Comments

  1. 7th August 2016 / 10:11 pm

    I love chickens too and I think they are a bit of an addiction. I planned 2 and now have 21 and counting. I hatched some this year which was amazing and cannot wait to try again next year.
    Out of the 21 I have 5 ex bats and 4 other layers but we’ve only had 2 eggs a day for about a week. I can’t understand why 🙁

  2. Sarah
    11th August 2016 / 10:50 pm

    Oh these chickens are so adorable. We’ve been talking about having chickens for sometime now. Are they easy to keep?

    • admin
      11th August 2016 / 10:51 pm

      Really easy to keep.

  3. 8th October 2016 / 3:09 pm

    One of these days I’m going to have chickens. We have a patch of unused ground towards the bottom of the garden that I plan to use. Needs clearing first though.
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      8th October 2016 / 3:13 pm

      They will clear it for you! Just need to make it secure from foxes and chicken will clear everything apart from nettles.

  4. 10th October 2016 / 10:00 pm

    I’m always saying if we ever move I want a bigger house so I can have chickens in the garden. I think it’s so lovely that you have rescued some of yours.

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