Best of luck with them. I used to keep a few hens but the foxes did seem to get brave after the hunting ban, popped over a six foot fence in the middle of the afternoon (Luckily I saw him and chased him out but I have lost a few hens to foxes in the past) so I couldn't let the dear girls out in the daytime. I gave them to someone with a dog who lived in a garden kennel - that will usually discourage Foxy.
ETA yep bantams will be happy in a permanent run.
Yeah they really need to introduce fox culling, there must be some kind of high pressure air gun with lethal tranqualiser which would do the job nicely in cities. I might try poison bait if the foxes get too bold or too many.
I'm planning a permanent run, bantams are tiny. I'll also let them free range when someone is in the garden. I've now decided to get the chicks once sexed and at about 6 weeks old. Much easier for a first timer. The future plans are to breed them myself, larger birds such as Marans or Brahmas for the meat. They'll be killed soon as they reach a reasonable weight. I'll be using a automatic incubator so no manual turning or broody hen required. The eggs (50pence each) will be bought online (ebay) ready fertilised so no noisy cock needed either.
I'm weaning myself off commercially raised meat and growing my own quality , fine textured and rich tasting meat In theory it sounds easy, Aside from a couple of miniature show hens I'll have no permanent flock. Each individual batch ive incubated and hatched will be quickly killed soon as they're young tender adolescents.
This is going to be a fun project for a city boy I blame growing pot. The media/givernment is right, Cannabis is a doorway drug into a life of vegetable growing and raising rare breed chickens
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