we had some chickens…

but no eggs would they lay…

I called the two girls cagney and lacey [read the full story here].

The reality was I promised my niece Lilly I’d have two chickens [or hens] for her to see on that particular weekend. Cagney & Lacey got delayed in traffic [by about two weeks] and so I rang a friend of mine Alec and asked him could I have two…

they were never any good for me, but you’re more than welcome to them if you wish…?

…was what I was told. I took them. After about six months [and only 3 eggs] of threatening the two girls with eviction unless they started earning their keep I eventually gave up and rang Alec…

these girls are about as useful as a concrete block for laying Alec, you’d better take them back…

And so after learning, reading and researching – visiting, watching and asking all the questions… I got talking to another friend Paddy. Paddy is also a ‘small feathered friend expert’…

It’s taken a while, but I’ve learned that it is about getting the setup right, to suit you. No-one else I know has had hens… so it’s by experience. I also studied horticulture and I had that [once again] ‘living the good life dream’ bug going on. But Alec & Paddy have been at this for yonks and the lads have loads of our feathered laying friends – lots! and I only want 3 or 4. Remember 4 hens generally means 4 eggs… per day[ish]. And ‘her nibs’ likes baking…

So I’ve cleared the place out. I’ve rang John my civil engineer friend and I’m going to get it right this time… to suit me.

4 replies
  1. Móna Wise
    Móna Wise says:

    I just got 2 ‘point of laying’ hens and expect them to start laying within the month ( I was told).
    We named them Henrietta and Grace. Our neighbours had 4 hens (for over a year) and not an egg in sight. I donated a lovely old wooden wine crate filled with dry sawdust and some organic layers mash in their dinners 4 days a week and now all 4 are laying!!! Cannt wait for our first big brown egg to drop. I am thinking about adding a few ducks after Easter. Best of luck!

  2. Peter Donegan MI Hort
    Peter Donegan MI Hort says:

    @Móna Wise

    as i speak I’m building a proper run and the new house has just been installed – just some shelves and a perch to go…. and a gate… and a….. and we’re done – I think a post next week maybe and all I have to do then is pick names. Someone suggested thinking John, Paul, George and Ringo… 😆

  3. donnam13
    donnam13 says:

    City of Vancouver has just changed their bylaw and is allowing people to keep chickens in their yards now.. there is a toss up of course between people saying ‘great’ and people hating it but i think its a step in the right direction!

    lovley eggs in that photo

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