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Hi and welcome!  When we got chickens 10 years ago, we were like you and they went everywhere.  Sadly, when we had no garden, (because they’d eaten it) and too much poo to comfortably walk around or for the grandchildren to play safely, we confined them primarily to their own bit of the garden.  Still a fairly large space. That was about 5 years ago.  

With the Avian Flu outbreak two years ago, we had to confine them to their run for months.  And I realised that, actually, as long as they have food, water, a few interesting perches and toys, they are just as happy.   They adapt.  This gradual reduction of their freedom might also be due to the fact that most of them are now ancient, 9 and 10.  So all they want to do is potter, eat and sleep.  Although theses oldies have access to an enclosed wider space than their run during the day, they often stay put in the run. 

So, it will be interesting to see where you are in a few years time.   Beware though, they are addictive! 

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On 07/06/2017 at 11:57 PM, theboyfrost said:

We have just moved into an old house in Belper, Derbyshire with a very long garden, and the current Mrs Frost always wanted chickens so we are going to have some. We have gone in the whole hog and just bought a cube with 3M Run for delivery at the end of the month (purple), we have also booked on to a chicken keeping course via omelet. We decided on the cube over the up as it just seems to be more spacious, we probably would like 4 chickens.

 

We are completely new to this (and the gardening we are having to do!). So expect us to be asking lots of obvious questions on here !

 

Welcome. The cubes are great, and even the new ones will hold 4 large hens easy enough; it's the outdoor space that's somewhat more important. If you can give them all at least 1sqm each, they'll appreciate it. Ask away with questions, I know I did when I first started out!

You'll find it oddly addictive.

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Granny Trish- luckily he finds it amusing 😂 was quite suprised how desperate they were to eat beef burgers! And they are terrors for marmite! I used to sit in the garden and eat breakfast with them had to give up as I didn't get to eat any of it!

 

Patricia W- wow 9 or 10! Amazing.  What's your secret?! Yes the poo everywhere gets a little annoying! 😂 and yes so so so addictive.  I absolutely could not be without my girls now! So true re run, we are reducing a bit prior to our holiday (I'm going to miss them!) and they do seem fine.  Altho I miss my little house invaders even if I don't miss the poo!  

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Hey Millie Anne 

Welcome, just joined too & looking to keep hens again in the next few months after a sad loss following a fox 🦊 raid. I’ve had Novo Browns & Blackrocks myself & so going to upgrade security first & do some in-depth research before I select the next breed. Or maybe just go down the rescued bird route. 

Be good to hear from you. 

Neil 

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I’m back! 🤗

After a chicken sabbatical I am to become a chicken keeper again. 🐓 it’s been about 6 years, I think, 🤔since I was last here. I’ve seen come familiar names amongst the posters though. 

I have a second hand eglu go, it’s battered a bit but will do the job however I’m already looking at the cube. Has this shrunk? I’m sure mine was bigger. I think chicken keeping is like an addiction. Once you’ve done it you can never quite get over the NEED for chickens in your life. 

Im going to be collecting my girls on 2nd of June from Southmead Poultry. Three. A reverse Sussex, a white ranger and a belle blue. 

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Welcome back, TD! Cubes are obviously like Wagon Wheels and Club bars....get smaller as you get older! Good luck with your new flock!

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Hi Im new! Not long moved to a house with my dream garden so chickens are now in place! Always been a dream of mine growing up as a city girl, but have the love of the great outdoors in my genes. We have three chickens  in a gifted Go with a 3m run. They free range most of the day and just about to get them a larger permanent  run. I would never have bought an Eglu as seemed such a lot of money but am now a convert and wouldnt think twice about buying another if I need to. 

 

Im enjoying having chickens, becoming slightly obsessed if im honest 😂 reading here I sense this is normal?! 

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Hi Mamacoop. Welcome to your new ‘drug of choice’, chicken keeping... 

my new girls haven’t been collected yet (2nd June) and I have already spent an imaginary, non existent fortune on dream runs and housing and chickens and equipment and....like I said, it’s addictive 

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Seems as if i need to up my game obsession wise... 🤣

 

Just come in from building a walk in run....be thinking about runs 24/7 since the ladies arrived and realised the Eglu run wasnt big enough. I managed to convince current husband to help and pay! He has given our three ladies a wide birth since they arrived but heard him talk to one earlier....he is slowing thawing!! 🐔🐔🐔😍

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