A big hello to all nature and chicken lovers here.
My name is Elizabeth and I moved to Hungary about 5 years ago.
I live in a very small village in the South of the country, blessed with unspoiled nature and the wonderful Zselics hills, and natural parks everywhere (and of course, with its miriad of its own kind of political, and socio-economic problems, as in most unspoiled places...). A few weeks ago, one of our neighbours moved his family to the nearest bigger city, and for a 'one-for-all' price 'allowed' us to buy a few cubic meters of fire-wood logs, a rotovator, and a family of 1 male, 3 females, and 5 kittens of rabbits (including some terrible hutches which are in the process of being renovated, and some pellet feed). Then, a week later, we took next door's kitten to the vet as he had been limping in obvious pain for a few days and nothing was being done (in a deprived area where most animals are kept as food vet bills come very low down the priorities list), in exchange for this (the poor kitten's ankle was badly fractured and he was put in a cast with a funny collar around his neck), and his vaccinations, we became the recipients of a rooster and four hens. To be fair, they spend most of their time 'free-ranging' in our land , before going back home to lay the eggs! We had already planned to be as self-sustainable as possible (including own well and, in the future, solar energy), so, as the saying goes 'everything in it's own good time', it seems that time has chosen that now is right to start with the chickens and rabbits (we are of course also putting that rotovator to good use and hope for a good crop this summer to go with the free-range chickens and rabbits).
This weekend we sink the concrete supports, and build the base for what is going to become a chicken coop and run, and rabbit hutch - at the moment the hutches are in my wood-shed outside, with the chickens free-ranging around, and they seem to get on pretty neighbourly.
I look forward to learning more about various types of chickens good for laying eggs and for meat, getting tips on how to make our chickens' life as happy and as fun, as good; and communicating with other fellow chicken keepers.