We are getting some ex battery Isa Browns next week and would love some advice as this will be our first time with chickens! We have a coop/small run already and an area to keep them separated from our dog but that's about it! Would love some advice on feed and care etc. I've read that it's best to keep them in their run/coop for the first few days so they know where to return to each night, is this true?! And that I shouldn't expect them to lay for 4-8 weeks due to new environment and food. The poor things have hardly any feathers left and will apparently need to moult them all before growing new ones due to their poor living conditions in cages. So awful! Our council regulations allow 6 chickens and we have a coop with 2 nesting boxes. We were thinking of getting 3 to start with...is this a good number?!
Any advice appreciated! I love the idea of chickens and know our 3yr old daughter will too but I have a weird bird phobia too! Happy to be around them, sort of, but not so happy to pick them up etc...hubby will be doing all that!