Okay I need someone to take Donna for a check up!

Last year she turned to me and said “You can have a beehive!” and now she has said that she thinks we should keep chickens.

Now either I am asleep and having the best dream or my wife is having some sort of episode because if you knew her, this is very out of character.

But I won’t argue, I will just nod and agree.

We are getting chickens!
Our coop/hutch that needs some work

Now of course, just like the hive this will be very much on a tight budget and we have managed to get hold of a ‘tractor style’ coop/hutch that needs a bit of TLC.

We will be adding a large roosting box to either the end of the housing part or on the front of it. The roof opens right up, so it is easy to get access to clean it and it has a metal tray floor that slides out.

We also need to add a bar into it for them to perch on but we have some batten in the shed and look to extend it at some point.

The chickens will have the run of the garden during the day and will then be put in at night and if they are anything like the ducks that we had back in the 90’s, they will learn the routine (hopefully) and go in themselves and we will just then need to close the door.

We have read up again and again and my wife would like to get some Sussex Rangers as they seem to be from what we have read, a good breed and very suitable for what we want.


And it is a very big but. Lockdown has meant that people have become more into their gardens, seed companies struggled to keep up this year and the same has happened with chickens.

Everyone it seems are interested in keeping chickens and our local poultry company Barling Poultry have sold out on many occasions and their stock is very low. Phoning round poultry companies in Essex has resulted in the same story “sorry we are sold out!”

I have found somewhere that sells the common brown hen that most people picture when you talk about chickens, but we are not going to rush in and I would rather wait until we can get a Sussex Ranger.

Our garden

So that is that, hopefully it won’t be too long before we have chickens wandering around in the garden and the bonus is that they will love the slugs!

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By Zechariah Richardson

Over 50, disabled, husband, father and gramps who reviews products and writes blog posts about his life, beekeeping, gardening and whatever pops into his brain!

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