Its all very exciting, the chickens and their new home arrived this week.
As these are my husbands birthday present he was responsible for their names, the brown one is Sage and the black one is Onion!!
They are settling into their new surroundings and seem quite content.
When they were delivered, I asked how long they should be kept in their run so that they could get used to it before they were let out into the garden. I was surprised to learn that it might not be a good idea to let them out at all. The reason for this was that while they only expected to stay in their run, then they would be quite happy but if they were let out into the garden sometimes but not others they would be less content.Apparently even though our garden is surrounded by six foot fencing, a fox could still get in so letting them out when we might not always be around is not a good idea.
So, the question for any back garden chicken keepers is "what shall I do?" Obviously if the best thing to do is to keep them in the run at all times then that is what we will do. Perhaps its because I hate being stuck indoors that it feels a bit sad to confine them to a relatively small run. What do you think? If they are creatures of habit would a suitable compromise be to let them out for a few hours at the end of every day? As I only work part time even on working days I am always home by four. Would that be kinder? Please comment and let me know what you think. We were told not to let them out for at least a week any way so I have a few more days to think about it.