I will hopefully be getting some chickens for the back garden & was hoping that someone may be able to answer the following questions: Are there any health risks involved with keeping chickens? (DS is 14 mths)Have tried looking on the internet, but havent found anything. We have a brick built shed - could they stay in that overnight & then a run for the daytime when we are not about? How many is best? Does it matter? looking at 3 or four Any comments/suggestions gratefully received! TIA
No health risks, apart from normal hand washing required etc, that I know of. As long as your accomodation is secure against predators, it'll be fine. It's recommended to keep a minimum of three hens, so that if one dies you're not left with a lone hen. They really do need company. Go for it, chickens are fab!
I got 3 ex-batts at the weekend from Little Hen Rescue who are based near Norwich and they are fab. They are fairly well feathered although a little skinny but have settled in really well. We had one egg on Sunday afternoon (the day we got them) and have had another 10 since!