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Any advice on buying chickens please
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Post: #1
04-02-2009 03:53 PM

I'm thinking of buying a few chickens, I have a really big garden and would like to be a bit greener and have my own supply of eggs. I need some pointers as to where abouts are the best places to buy them please, any help appreciated.

Many thanks

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Bonnie Blue

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04-02-2009 04:29 PM

My biggest concern would be the foxes we have around hereUnsure

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04-02-2009 05:01 PM

Good point lots of foxes and also I recommend you get your neighbours on side.
Sorry can oly offer the above poultry advice

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04-02-2009 05:12 PM

Don't buy the frozen ones from Sainsburys, they don't lay many eggs.

What you need is an Eglu

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04-02-2009 06:08 PM

Good idea! I have friends out of town who keep their own chickens and the taste is fantastic. The nearest place I could find is here:

Good luck!

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Post: #6
04-02-2009 10:55 PM

Thanks guyz, loved the jokes about the frozen ones! ha! neighbours are fine about it, but as you say we have a lot of foxes around, don't fancy waking up to shredded chicken carcasses, but will persevere

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Post: #7
04-02-2009 11:07 PM


Been thinking about doing the same things for ages.

How about adopting ex battery hens? That way you can have fresh eggs and give a new lease of life to some poor chickens. You can try contacting the following organisations, Battery Hen Welfare Trust and Hen ReHomers UK. You might have to wait a little bit, but it's probably worth it.

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Contrary Mary

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05-02-2009 01:04 AM

When my sister-in-law was trying to persuade me to let her keep chickens vicariously, she gave me loads of info on eglus - fox-proof chicken houses. Company which sells them will deliver you the chickens as well, and they run courses and stuff. A bit of an investment, but then it would be worth it if they really are fox-proof, as you'd save in the long-run by not having to get new chickens and do your own repairs on a coop every time one got taken.

Here's the link

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Post: #9
05-02-2009 11:13 AM

Also thought of an Eglu but they are so expensive (?400!) especially if it turns out that chicken keeping is not for you. I saw this being launched a few years ago at the Urban Gardnes Show.
I would however be very willing to give a good home to a second hand eglu if anyone has one going. There is also a forum on the Eglu website where people discuss chicken keeping and you can arrange to visit someone with one to get an idea of whats involved. My brother in law keeps chickens in Worcester and thinks that they are fantastic animals and well worth it the time and energy however thinks an Eglu is a complete rip off.
The frequency of egg laying is generally not as prolific as people think and certain things can stop egg production altogether so its not the continuous supply that some companies might suggest.

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12-03-2009 11:58 AM

Has anyone bought their chickens? I am waiting for a cheap Eglu needing a good home before taking the plunge.

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12-03-2009 12:53 PM

Ros - you might like to try ebay if you haven't already ...

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