Hey chicken folks! I hate to interrupt your fantastic thread (I love chickens!) but I was wondering if you'd be good enough to answer a couple of questions for me?
I'm thinking about acquiring a couple of chickens, not too many (say 3 or 4) to live in the backyard, eat scraps, produce eggs, and make nice clucking noises. My mum is an experienced chicken carer but in a farm environment and for profit, which I'd imagine is different to how we would treat our prospective chickens.
Firstly, how do we keep them? I would love to free range as we have a large yard perfect for chickens (100-200m2) but we have cats and dogs and foxes in the neighbourhood. How do we handle this? Is it possible to free range them? What are the alternatives if we can't?
And as for breeds, we don't need anything which will produce a bajillion eggs as because we're fond of them we don't really want to be overloaded. I know that each member of our family has a breed they'd like (except my dad) if we were to get them. I personally really want a silkie chicken (or a breed like it, I don't want bantam but there are some other fluffy chickens which are full size I believe). I've seen them in person and searched them and I adore them, they are the coolest things
. My mum really wants RIRs and my sister Easter Eggers. Does keeping different chickens together cause problems? Are any of these bad choices?
Thanks for taking time to read and maybe answer :)
BTW this thread has the cutest photos
and I have been on Backyard Chickens...lots of fantastic information there but I thought I'd ask on this forum which I'm more comfortable with seeing as there are heaps of chicken mums (and dads!)