Hellooo everyone, I'm a sheep and cattle farmer from ZA, and I know nothing abput poultry. I keep a few hens for eggs, they scratch around our garden, but have to be penned at night. We usually get old hens from my neighbours wife, who produces "free range" eggs umbdown:. This time though I decided to buy young, 11 week old, pullets, but needed advice as to how to grow them out, hence joining the forum. I'm an avid mtb'er and was pointed at this forum by one of our local cucling forum members. The posts by members on this forum have helped tremendously. So I thought I'd better join. I'm getting 10 Rhode Island Red birds from a local enthusiast. He's helped me lots with advice about the birds. Btw my avatar is a pic of our last cat, who was deffo not stalking the hens before I came out the kitchen door, ha yeah, and a couple of our last group of hens.