There were a couple of reasons for this. I did some research on the internet to learn more about how to look after chickens. I always thought that keeping chickens was easy, but I was amazed to learn about all the various things you have to do to keep them in good condition. Although I'm sure the villagers don't worry about all this, I'm new to it, so I decided to put the venture on hold for a while. I haven't dismissed it entirely. I just want to feel more confident about it.
I was also horrified to read that chickens encourage rats. They eat the chicken food, as well as the eggs. I have to admit to being more than a little concerned about this. I loathe rats. My fear of them stems from when I was a child and I saw another child being bitten by a rat. I had nightmares for weeks.
We are feeding three cats at the moment, so I feel confident that they will take care of any rats that may be lurking in the shadows.
And talking of cats...they have taken rather a shine to the chicken house. They clearly find it comfortable and settle in there for the night.
So the chicken house has now become a cat house!
|Nesting baskets..straw removed and replaced with cushions are now cat beds|
While I was searching the internet I came across a website for a company in the UK that supplies chickens along with everything that they need.
They give excellent advice, but I just had to copy the following page which I found hilarious: