The chicken house is nearly ready – apart from its roof (but it would be too heavy to carry into position with it on), we have eating and drinking equipment at the ready as well as a supply of food and litter. There’s even an electric fence waiting to be put up to keep out predators (not to mention cats) but no feathered friends.
However, this has given me time to research ‘makes’ of poultry and peruse local adverts so it may be a blessing in disguise.
I’ve come to the conclusion that Light Sussex hens would be good for a start but the only ones I’ve tracked down are teeny weeny chicks living a good two hours drive away. Now I do know that at that age it’s impossible to sex them so I’d have to bring home more than the four I intended to have. So the problems would be where to keep them – like buy another poultry house – and what to do if there are several cockerels. The neighbours might not appreciate crowing and the hens may not want their ‘advances’ day in day out.
I’ve seen an advertisement for four Black Maran hens aged six weeks. That may be a better bet. They lay brown eggs and are said to thrive in damp conditions (Our region is renowned for its rain) but I had rather set my heart on the handsome white Sussex with black necks and tails.
Does anyone have any advice or opinions to offer please?