Hello again after nearly six years!

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Hello again after nearly six years!
« on: April 06, 2021, 16:34 »
Hello wonderful chicken keepers. Nearly six years ago my 21 year old daughter was diagnosed with cancer. I got rid of my flock of about 50 free range hens over a weekend because we needed to travel to the US for her on going treatment and was only told four days before we departed that it was going to happen. As you can imagine it was all very rushed and I was so sad to see them all go to a new home. However my girls treatment was successful and shes now a happy young woman who managed to finish her psychology degree, now works for a Childrens cancer charity and has been cancer free for five years. At last Im ready to have hens again. However this time theyll be garden birds in a covered run. Previously I had mostly pure breeds but this time Im going for hybrids. Id love to hear about your hints and tips on keeping birds in a good sized garden run with a hen house inside this run. I plan to keep about eight girls this time, so if you have a favourite hybrid hen let me know, Id love to hear from you. What bedding do you use, do you use wood chip in the run or some other floor covering? Im so looking forward to re joining the world of hen keeping again. Love to you all. Orchard lady. Xx



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Re: Hello again after nearly six years!
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2021, 18:53 »
Welcome back, orchardlady. 

So pleased your daughter is well and being very successful  :D
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Re: Hello again after nearly six years!
« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2021, 18:13 »
Hi, I have a solid covered run on concrete, with a house on wheels to make moving around easier for me on my own.
For a run, you could have it divided in 2 so chickens use 1 half whilst other half recovers.
I use a washing up bowl for water as easy to clean


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Re: Hello again after nearly six years!
« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2021, 07:56 »
great about your daughter among all this bad stuff   we keep Black Rocks  these are sold by agents around the country the website has a list  [we get them as day old and enjoy rearing them in a home made brooder ]
you can get point of lay   good luck with your choice
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Re: Hello again after nearly six years!
« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2021, 20:23 »
Hello OrchardLady - I remember you! I haven't been on in years either and I'm going to take the plunge with hens again after a two year break and house move. I'm going to get an eglu too so worth committed! :D

So glad to hear your daughter is thriving and I hope you've recovered too - we sometimes forget what a massive effect it has on the person's loved ones as well as the person themselves.

Lastly, I'm going for hybrids too - aka egg laying machines. I think I'll just get what's available and cheapest/best layers. All my previous hybrids were a tough bunch. Have you got yours set up yet?

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