Frequently Asked Questions
How many chickens do I need?
Depending on the breed, a hen will lay up to 300 eggs a year, so almost one a day. I would recommend a minimum of three birds together because any fewer will bicker and quarrel.
Do I need a cockerel?
No. Chickens like to have a cockerel around, but it does not affect how they lay. If you live in a built up area its probably kinder to your neighbours not to have one.
Where should I buy my chickens?
Always buy from a reputable supplier who is willing to give advice freely and offer help.
How long do hens live?
A happy, free–range hen can live for anything from five to ten years, depending on the breed.
Do I need permission to keep chickens?
If you are keeping chickens for family use, you are unlikely to encounter any restrictions, but it is always advisable to check local planning regulations.