I'm in chickens again!


Jennifer QuinnThe last couple of years have been very challenging when it comes to maintaining a poultry flock, let alone growing one. After major losses to predators in 2016 — largely due to young birds roosting in the trees at night — I was left with very few hens in 2017, and only one ever went broody (ready to set on eggs).

After a couple of failed attempts with the incubator, I finally set a dozen eggs under her, of which only five hatched.

chickens eating at feeder

new baby chicks outside

That produced four pullets (young hens), so things looked promising for this year. But the only one I was definitely going to keep was taken by a fox — with my cat Cecil in hot pursuit!

Fortunately the fox never returned. But meanwhile my two guinea cocks had become so aggressive with the remaining pullets that when they were ready to go broody they just didn't feel secure in the poultry house.

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