Life with six urban chickens

It’s been four weeks since our newbie gingernut rangers joined our urban flock. And despite a period of vicious hen pecking they have settled in nicely. They are now all laying and roaming together. While we are all so pleased we got Coco and Rhubarb neither Mike or I realized just how much impact on their living area that two extra chickens would have.


urban chickens adjusting to new additions

For a start, it feels like the chicken poop has doubled. Not only in the coop but in the back garden. You literally could not take a couple of steps without stepping on something.

We decided earlier in the week to fence off part of the back garden so we can have a clear piece of lawn. Particularly with the recent lovely weather we realized that the girls couldn’t freely run about without welly boots on and with their friends coming over, any tumble in the back garden now always results in… well you can imagine. Not the sort of thing that the mums of the girls friends appreciate when I return them home!

We’re going to try out some cheap and moveable bird fencing so we have the flexibility to move their roaming areas if need be.

urban chickens adjusting to new additions

urban chickens adjusting to new additions

urban chickens adjusting to new additions

The fencing seems to be working. The chickens don’t seem to mind at all. We’re sharing the garden about half and half now so it’s win win for everyone!

5 Responses to Life with six urban chickens

  1. Natalie Jones April 2, 2012 at 5:06 am #

    Hi Katrina!
    Your website looks great – takes me back to my childhood with chickens, roosters, pigs, lambs, oh, and out pet duck Charlie …
    Your girls are growing fast! My son will be 19 in July – time flies …
    I have been busy making babies hats and bootees, I make them for a site called “Madeit”, if you’re interested, take a look at my store, under “Nakakee”. I’ve sold two things already … I want to get an overlocker so I can sew more baby clothing. Overlockers are just perfect for finishing garments.
    Oh well, must go, but your website is GREAT!!
    All the best
    Your cousin Natalie

    • Kat June 25, 2012 at 1:00 pm #

      Thanks very much, and yes time is flying by so quickly! And your business sounds fab, I’ll make sure to check it out! 🙂

  2. Gaylene Bethell April 2, 2012 at 9:56 am #

    you must be getting a lot of eggs with 6 chickens!

  3. Angela June 22, 2012 at 7:20 pm #

    Hi just come across your blog on my search for movable chicken fencing! This looks ideal, would you be able to tell me where you bought it or the brand? Thanks v much!

    • Kat June 25, 2012 at 12:57 pm #

      Hi, we got it from a company online called Premier Barriers (link to Fencing, link to stakes). It has done the job perfectly however as mentioned I think in previous blog posts we do have wild rabbits from time to time getting into our back garden and they have chewed through the plastic to get through. We’ve just repaired the gaps with string which isn’t a problem, just thought you should know 🙂


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