- Sep 19, 2019
Hello, new to the group and fairly new to chickens. I've been doing my best to educate myself on the good the bad and ugly so as to be prepared if someone shows any signs of illness and things we should be doing to prevent problems. We are blessed to have retired to a ten acre farm in W TN, with our house being over 600 ft from the road and surrounded by woods. Our chickens have 10 x 12 ft chicken house with six nest boxes. We have 8 young hens and 4 young roos. We currently have four hens laying. Forgive me if my terminology is not up to par. They have a large fenced run but are allowed to free range most days as long as we are home. We also have three Nigerian Dwarf goats. Their stall and enclosure is on the other side of the yard and they are allowed to free range for a couple hours or more a day. They all hang out together. The chickens have recently discovered the goat stall and the covered area where the goats feed. Oh boy do the chickens love that!!! They scratch and peck like crazy in the straw and hay that the goats "waste". It is also very shaded as it's on the edge of the woods. Lots of bugs! Now that they have figured that out, when I let them out they b-line it for the goat enclosure. I saw comments that have me concerned about allowing the chickens in their enclosure. Does anyone have any input on this? Is it okay or is there a reason why we shouldn't? Any health risks? Sorry for being so wordy and thanks in advance!