I am a young man living in London in a shared house with 5 others, we have a reasonable size garden for London and last summer I got started with some production gardening (quite a bit too late in the year). I quickly decided that keeping chickens was a sensible approach and started reading on BYC in the late summer. One of the people I live with is my girlfriend Jaz and so I had to persuade her (and the other housemates) that it was a good idea for me to keep chickens. I had been suggesting it for quite a while but I was constantly told to wait until we leave London. At the time Jaz's parents where living in Australia, she has moved over to live here three years ago now, they have also now joined us in England and are currently living with my father while they buy a house. So this Christmas we hosted and my father and Jaz's parents as well as some others where coming over, Jaz really wanted to make impress them, we where talking about where to get a good quality bird and I took oportunity. I persuaded Jaz that getting chickens to raise for Christmas would ensure us some great meat and a memorable Christmas.
We agreed on 6 chickens and I started trying to find a source, we didn't have much time left till christmas (9 weeks) so I was trying to find broilers and in a hurry. I ended up with 13 Ross 308 chicks.
Christmas was fantastic, we had 5 birds that each served 2 people well, they where 7 weeks old and I was very happy with them.
We now have 4 remaining Ross in the greenhouse, 5 chicks in a brooder in the bedroom, 9 hatching as I type, 11 eggs developing on day 5 and 12 eggs settling, waiting for the space that should soon be available.
I have found BYC an invaluable resource for getting to where I am today and I have decided I would like to be actively engaged with such an informative and pleasant global community.
I am looking forward to learning more about the amazing world of chickens, thank you to everyone who has contributed in anyway to this forum.