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23 March 2010 15:44:02


Today we bought a chicken coop and 3 brown laying hens.

They are to be delivered on Friday with feed, grit and bark - the full package!

There is much excitement in our house today since the kids were told. Sammy is hoping to chase the poor things but seems to have been placated by thoughts of collecting eggs.

The chicken coop has a run with it and can be moved around the garden as and when the grass dies. It is the sussex model, like in the picture and it can hold up to 6 hens.

Feeling a little bit nervous now!

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LindaB LindaB 23 March 2010 15:46:37

Hi Rachel, delighted that you PLUCKED up the courage to keep hens.  I will be watching with great interest.  I am sure the kids will be delighted and I look forward to some nice meringues.  Good luck with your new venture.

unagrant unagrant 23 March 2010 15:51:08

How exciting Rachel.  I'm excited for you all.  It's a very impressive coop. Good luck with it.

Clara Clara 23 March 2010 16:03:34

Oh the best of luck am delighted you got them as you have such space.

LNolan LNolan 23 March 2010 16:08:58

Looks great and you wont have to worry about foxes, it seems so secure!! Fresh eggs every morning for breakfast now. Best of luck with it.

Gismo1981 Gismo1981 23 March 2010 16:28:07

very good. I visited my uncle last Friday with my dad he gave us fresh hen and duck eggs they were lovely :O)

HeadGardener HeadGardener 23 March 2010 16:56:53

I'll be watching carefully too Rachel, as her indoors fancied keeping hens too, can send you on the light requirement guide for hens I got at the Bay Garden chicken talk last year would you use that Rachel?  Baking and Boiled, fried poached and omlettes galore!!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 23 March 2010 16:58:22

Oh brilliant. You will start getting all broody all over again now. Seriously though, you will NOT regret it. Best of luck with them.

Bridgette Bridgette 23 March 2010 18:07:07

I too will wait with interest as I want to have chickens (my husband keeps saying no - but I will where him down! The coop looks brilliant! where are you getting them from?

knocknakillew knocknakillew 23 March 2010 18:24:50

we have 4 hens we have so many eggs we are giveing them away did you know you can freeze them Ann has lots frozen.

Dick Dick 23 March 2010 19:06:17

Hello Rachel. Well done regarding the hens. I suppose what you give them is chicken feed.

spider spider 23 March 2010 20:24:09

You cannot lose with hens. If their good hens you get eggs for the breakfast and fertiliser for the lawn. If there bad hens you get a few chicken dinners and you have a large hut to keep the new rabbit in.

Ladybird Ladybird 23 March 2010 20:25:37

Go to work on an egg! Best of luck with your new venture.

Hoeys Hoeys 23 March 2010 20:36:18

good Luck Rachel. congrats. let me know if any worries or anything you need to know. we keep them over an year and never regret- except when one escaped to polytunnel.

Myrtle Myrtle 23 March 2010 20:51:03

Well done!, very posh looking henhouse!

fran m fran m 23 March 2010 21:41:42

Best of luck, the kids will love them.

Lìga Lìga 23 March 2010 21:46:08

Ha,ha,,Spider said so good:))Good luck Rachel!!!

Cloncaw Cloncaw 23 March 2010 21:48:29

This is a real upmarket henhouse, kids will really enjoy not just eating the eggs but possibly if their like kids I know develop a nice little business. Good luck to all with the new additions

Rachel Rachel 24 March 2010 17:51:12

Thanks, Linda, Una & Clara.

I hope we will not suffer from foxes, LNolan, I think nothing short of an electric fence will stop a determined fox.

Yes, Siobhan & Bill, plenty of fresh eggs. I would use that guide, Bill, next time we meet up.

Ha ha, Jacinta. You and Linda make a witty team!

Bridgette, we got the everything from Old McDonald's in Carlow. Keep working on that hubby!

Rachel Rachel 24 March 2010 17:56:57

Thanks, John, for that tip. Would you freeze eggs shell and all?

Dick, yes chicken feed to start with anyway. We will look at other options later.

Sean, don't tell my kids about the rabbits. They're happy with the chicken idea at the minute. I hope everything goes well.

Thanks, Ruth & Jurga. I may be contacting you yet, Jurga. This is all new to me. I hope the chicken didn't do too much damage in the polytunnel.

Thanks, Myrtle. I like the look of the hen house too. It looks bigger in the photo than in real life.

Thanks, Fran & Liga.

Can't imagine my kids having enough business acumen to start a business, Geraldine! Getting my teenage son through his transition year mini-project was bad enough!

Mairin Mairin 07 April 2010 00:15:17

Love the chicken house.  Wouldn't want one personally but it does look great.  Best of luck with them. 


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