I thought that I would love to see chickens pottering about in my garden, but it hasn’t worked out that way. Mostly I just feel guilty about the fact that they haven’t got much space and seem a bit bored a lot of the time. I only have 2 hens now (used to be 3 but the old ex-bat died). The two I have are about a year old, full of energy, constantly running back and forth in their pen. They used to escape a lot until I clipped their wings. They have about 10 square metres of ground, some of which is covered but mostly it’s exposed to the rain, so in the winter they’re standing in a mudbath. Back in the summer I dug in several bags of sand to improve drainage, but it only seems to have helped a bit. The area is a funny L-shape next to a greenhouse, so it would be almost impossible to cover the whole thing. I bring them weeds from the allotment, worms, maggots from the fishing shop, scratch corn, old lettuces from the food bank where I volunteer etc. But they always seem restless. One of them is constantly sticking her head out of a gap by the greenhouse, then running backwards and forwards as if trying to find a way out. To add to this, their pen looks a mess because over the last six months I’ve added bits of wire here and there as I’ve moved things about. I either need to spend money reorganising, or decide to give up on the whole thing. I wanted chickens because I used to keep them as a teenager, and I loved to see them scratching about. But I’m finding it’s very different in a small city garden. Any advice or suggestions? Shall I just cut my losses and find them a new home?