Last Updated: July 2011It took us a while to take the final decision to keep chickens, but once we had we couldn't understand why we hadn't done it sooner.
There are many, many books out there on the subject and most topical magazines regularly feature articles about starting with chickens. Add to this the vast array of information on the Internet and it comes as little surprise that people get nervous about taking the plunge.The book we began with is Starting with Chickens by Katie Thear and whilst it gets some mixed reviews we would still recommend it as a good, basic starting place. I find it a little OTT on the different breeds but it still has a place on our shelves for reference.
We don't intend to even try to compete with or duplicate any publications, simply to share our experiences and snippets we have gleaned along the way.
Are chickens for you?
Happily, we've found that yes, they are.
We didn't set off on this adventure to make money, it was primarily the desire to have our own fresh eggs.
Quite apart from the eggs, the chickens have given us so much more in terms of entertainment, a sense of achievement, confidence to go on and try more, and a general good feeling about ourselves.