After many months of thinking about it and then thinking against it, WE GOT CHICKENS!
We decided to buy 7 week old chicks so that we could raise them 'organically' before they begin to lay eggs - to ensure our eggs were as nutritious as possible. Usually chickens (well these chickens) begin to lay around 22 weeks, so it looks like our fresh eggs are a little way off......
Here are our girls......four little red(ish) hens and two little black ones......all yet to be named. They are hybrids - the red ones, a cross between a Rhode Island Red and a White leghorn and the black ones, a cross between a Rhode Island Red and an Australorp.
Although I had wanted my other half to build the coup, he decided that the materials would cost more than purchasing an 'IKEA' style flat packed coup, which was apparently ergonomically designed for chickens ;)
So we ended up with this very fancy looking chicken cage......my dad (who lives in the 'bush'), is looking forward to showing his mates what city chicks live in!
A homemade wooden hand rail the perfect height for our little one to go up and down and visit the chicks
Thanks Sal, Mel and Shannon for all the advice
If you have chickens and any advice or tips.....please do share :)