Thought I would need to give myself a new or reintroduction!
I've been out of poultry keeping for 4 years after my flock of mainly home bred fancy birds was wiped out after consecutive marten attacks, and I didn't have the heart to restock.
In fact 2 years ago I got rid of all of my coops, fencing and paraphernalia. However, this year, I'm giving my garden an overhaul, I've had a couple of big trees cut down, and suddenly I seem to have a lot more space!
When I was ill over the weekend, I was browsing on my iPad (dastardly inventions, worst purchase I've ever made! ;) ), and I suddenly found myself having bought an Omlet Eglu cube and a large walk in cage :o
I have a small idea of where I'm going to put it, at least for the time being, and hopefully having a fully enclosed cage will help with biosecurity.
Of course, I could start with getting a couple of layers from my local farmers market... but noooooo... I've already ordered my first set of hatching eggs - non specific breeds, and mainly for their wonderful egg colours (the backyard flock is a mix of araucana and derivatives, plus Marans and others, so the eggs are advertised as being all colours from blue to white, to khaki and olive, to deep red. that should be interesting!)
At the same time I've also sent off some queries about getting some specific breed eggs, and as I'm always a proponent of upholding local and regional rare breeds I'm currently looking at uncommon colour Marans :)
My local agri centre doesn't have it's day olds yet - which is probably a good thing, otherwise I'd end up completely overstocked and I haven't even got my coop yet!
I'm getting rather excited about everything arriving, and looking forward to having chickens in the garden again.