Why Keep Chickens?
Owning chickens can be great fun and very rewarding too! They are incredibly easy to look after, don’t take up much room and give you a tasty breakfast every morning. A healthy hen can live six to ten years.
Chickens need daily care and if you are not able to provide this you must arrange for someone with sufficient knowledge to do so in your absence.
If you’re thinking of owning chickens for the first time, or if you’re a seasoned owner, Mole Valley Farmers offer everything you need in one place – housing, fencing, bedding, feed and feeders. If you have any questions please ask a member of staff who will be only too pleased to guide you through everything you need.
Even in small flocks, wherever you are rearing chicks cockerels will be a result. More than one cockerel will usually mean fights, so extra cockerels are often culled for meat. Many people keep chickens and other fowl purely for pleasure and even when the main reason for keeping a small flock is for egg or meat production, there is still great enjoyment to be had from seeing birds about the place.
There are many local suppliers who will be very happy to explain the different breeds and the advantages of each. To get started, it is best to buy ‘point of lay’ (POL) chickens. They are around 16 weeks old and, as the name suggests, ready to start to lay. Your breeder will also have had the chickens vaccinated. Also, don’t forget to check whether they have clipped their wings.
Poultry showing is popular and although it can become quite specialised, there is fun in taking your birds to shows.