Today, I collected these young ladies from a local chicken breeder business called Holme Poultry. They are a Rhode Island Red hybrids known as Warrens and are known for their good egg laying capabilities. The hens cost £10 each and are at point of lay which means they are just about to start laying eggs for the first time.
I have had warrens before and they make lovely pets as well as being productive livestock. They tame easily so much so that you will find yourself tripping over them.
Although these ladies made a commotion when catching them and depositing them into the cage for transportation, they were calm and quiet during the short journey and didn’t make much of a fuss as I placed each one carefully into their new coop.
The coop is constructed from an old trailer with a corrugated tin roof that lifts up on one side for access. It’s parked in a large area of the wood surrounded by mesh reaching 8ft high to keep the hens in and Mr Fox out.
I’m going to keep the hens locked in the coop for a couple of nights so that they get used to it. I’ll then let them into the pen and hope that they find their way back into the coop on an evening.
I’m super excited to have hens again after several years without any. I would like to sell their eggs to help cover the cost of their keep so shall be keeping a record of their expenses.
Julie of Holme Poultry sells her chickens from her and her husband’s lovely home just yards down the road from us near the village of Holme Upon Spalding Moor in East Yorkshire. I really recommend her to anyone wanting to buy choocks. You can visit her website here.