We bought our 3 chickens last September (2015) at the local county show. We’d just won a chicken house at a show the week before, and thought we’d better fill it.

I had considered chickens for a little while, but when we won the chicken house, we decided it was fete and time to get started.

We chose 3 different chickens, as we didn’t know which breed would suit us. So we have Snowball, a white Sussex, Ginger, a Rhode Island X Barnevelder, and Barney who is a Barnevelder. You can probably guess which is which in the picture above!

What we have discovered, is that chickens have great characters – we had no idea they’d be so interesting. And now, I find myself talking about chickens a lot more than I thought I would.

They are very easy to look after and ‘cheap to run’ so I’d highly recommend them to anyone thinking of getting chickens. But be warned, they will destroy whatever patch of lawn you give them, and they are louder than we thought they’d be, so if you have a lot of neighbours you might want to think about if they would complain.

When we got them, I also bought the Haynes Chicken Manual. This has really taught me a lot, so I would suggest getting one.