Earlier this year announced that she wants to keep chickens but the question is should we keep chickens?
We have a coop with a small run attached to it but the idea was that we would get three Sussex Rangers and allow them to have the run of the garden during the day!
Our garden is rougly 100′ x 40′ and has lots of shrubs for them to sit under and make a dust bath in a border and we certainly have enough slugs to for them to peck at.
We have kept chickens before and even had two ducks when our daughters were young and so we know that we can keep them.
Then one day we were sat in the lounge that overlooks the back garden and the dogs started going mad and we opened the patio door and they flew out there going berserk.
It was a fox!
Now we knew that we had foxes regularly visit the garden at night, we had seen them many times after putting out the wildlife camera overnight but we didn’t realise that they visited during the day.
There are many ways of stopping a fox such as electric netting, ultrasonic deterrents and chicken runs but we had hoped to let them free range and these things aren’t guaranteed and they are out of our budget range!
Also an ultrasonic deterent is no good as we have 2 dogs and they would work on them!
Would the dogs be alert enough to act as a deterrent?
There are more natural methods that are said to work like dried pelleted lion poo and even if a man urinates around the edge of the garden.
Of course this doesn’t guarantee it will work and the last thing I want is to be feeding the local fox because that would be awful and damn expensive.
We would really like to be able to keep chickens, not only for the eggs that are always far better than shop bought but also because we ould love the grandkids to be able to go out and collect eggs and get close to chickens.
They love helping in the garden and love the fruit and veg we grow and so this is just another extension of that!
But we still are so unsure.
So should we keep chickens?