We are measuring and researching, planning and dreaming. Perhaps there is a little corner of the garden for a chicken coop after all! How exciting! Instead of a bit of weedy flowerbed and by stealing a few feet from the edge of the lawn I think we can do it.As I know some of you have already got some feathered friends in the garden I thought I'd ask your advice.
Which breeds are most friendly/healthy for the beginner to keep? If I have the coop/run against the fence will the ivy that covers it do them any harm? Any websites/books that we should read?
I'm assuming that if we give them free range over all the garden they will eat all my plants so I've found a coop that looks like it might fit and give the hens a happy life, but as the run doesn't look very big they might have to be let out to play on the grass too.
Do you think it looks foxproof enough? I would hate to take on some chickens and then be responsible for their demise through lack of planning - of course you already know how much I love a list!
The thought of being able to walk into the garden and collect a few eggs for breakfast is tempting and suggests a life removed from the usual rushing about, a more relaxed pace with time to breath.