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Chickens anyone? Finally set up my hen house, and I'm bringing

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Chickens anyone?

Finally set up my hen house, and I'm bringing home some pekin bantams tonight (urban household, although the house can apparently hold ten wanted to stick to 4-5 bantams at most to give them some room).

Any tips anyone, esp on befriending them? I've worked at a poultry farm before, so know what I'm doing r.e feed/water.

Do they really need to be shut out of their roosting area at night? These guys aren't going to be the best layers out there after all! My current intention is to let them out in their run during the day (3m long run), and then they can have run of our entire garden at night/weekends until we go to bed where they will be shut in their coop overnight.

Picked related, our choice for going to pick up later.

Any other general tips? Thanks in advance guys!
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>>5432
That is cool
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>>5432

Chickens should be inside at night in a well secured room with plates 50 cm down the soil to keep out foxes

Let them roam free during the day
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>>5432

Posting cute chickens.
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>>5434

Aye, keeping them inside at night is the plan. We've fox proofed the pen as much as we can.

On another note, they've not found their nest boxes yet... But we have an egg! Unfortunately it was in the middle of their run, but hopefully with some fake eggs in the nest box tonight they'll hopefully learn to lay in there.

Went for two silkies and two banty wyandottes in the end. Pictures to follow.
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>>5432
I got some chicks.
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