They are coming up in a van with, MIL and FIL (and DH who has just left to go and pick them up).
FIL is the chicken keeper in the family and has been looking after them for DH since he was given them when he was about 12 (FIL has his own flock too of light sussex). So will have an expert on hand the first week.
They are Black Wyandotte Bantams and are coming with their own coop.
Not sure how many yet - DH hasn't discussed this crucial bit with his dad yet, or what age although I know he hatched out some chicks around easter which should be at point of lay by now.
Garden is almost ready - ground cleared for where their permanent run will be but the area needs re seeding. Will have a movable run until then are dare not free range.
I was wondering how long the grass will need to grow before we can let them loose on it? A year or more? Also would going for something like a wildflower mix give tastier eggs or am I just dreaming!
i personally would rotate their ground if you have room - have them peck around until that area's goen and then move them to another area. a lot of the bigger keepers have a house in the middle of a separated run, so they are let out into one run area at a time.
Our lawn looks very messy in parts, but we've had to mow other parts - like they will only ruin one part of it! it is worth re-seeding if you're not letting them out on it all day every day. (6 months should do it)