Ok i grew up as a lo on a chicken farm but that was years ago ! I now live in a small quiet cul de sac in a modern house with average size legoland type garden ! I have my allotment but i would love 2 chickens at home .
Do you think i will manage 2 chickens-if i go away in our caravan for a weekend am quite enjoying the freedom of no pets to sort out when we go-would they be ok fri to sun ?
Can i keep them in a coop on hardstanding and let them on the lawn say for a couple of hours a day and if so will my lawn be covered in chicken poo - is there a health risk involved there ? Or will they need to be on green 24/7 and i just move them about ?
Anyone else had a couple of chucks in a modern estate or should i really be leaving them to the small holders ? We`d like to take a couple of ex batts and the kids would love it . They really would be well looked after but i just want to know what i`m taking on first and not just do this on a whim . A freecycler has offerred be a chicken arc ?
I have 3 ex-batts in a small cul-de-sac with an average sized garden and they are fine! They are mainly in their run as DH spotted a fox about although I let them out most days when I can be about with them.
If they are going to be mainly cooped up then I would put some woodchippings down in the run for them. They love to scratch about and a hardstanding may be harsh on their feet (and grass will be very quickly destroyed) mine have endless fun rooting through the chippings looking for bugs. They do leave some poo on the lawn and patio when they are out but I usually go and poo-pick after they are back away so the garden is fine for the DCs to play in. The less-solid poos wash away/into the ground easily as they are very water soluble.
I'm not sure if they would be okay to leave Friday to Sunday but I don't see why not as I think you can get feeders and drinkers which dispense the food/water gradually and their coop does not need cleaning out every day.
My DCs (9y, 6y and 21m) love having the chooks and although we've only had them since August they are not yet bored of checking for eggs and seeing which chook comes out first in the morning. They are such little personalities and are already happy to be handled by me and stroked by the children and will follow me about to see if I have any treats for them!
I'd definately say go for it! Hens make the best pets - and you get the bonus of eggs
Over the weekend, you can make sure they have plenty of food and water, but you would need someone to check them at least once a day, and to collect eggs. (so if waters knocked over, someone can sort it out, and just check they're all OK)