The time of year

Large scale commercial breeders can provide eggs, chicks and birds all year round, but that’s not the natural rhythm of life for chickens. At this time of year, hens are just coming back into lay again after the winter break, sometimes starting as early as mid-January. So while eggs and chicks may be available, we are interested in slightly older birds (around 16-18 weeks) so will have to wait a while yet.

We’ve been in touch with the daughter of a friend (it’s not what you know … ) and she has some Light Sussex chicks of about three weeks old … so we’ll wait until they are ready, until after our Easter break. We’re hoping she’ll have some Legbar too … we need to go and see her and her set-up sometime soon to reserve some birds. It will seem like a long wait – but at least we don’t have to rush to get the garden ready, and the ground may yet have a frost or two to help kill off any parasites and other bugs.

I already have some ideas for names …

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  1. Really glad to hear you have a friend you can get some from. You’re lucky there!

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