Hi all we are getting chickens in the new year, very exciting. Primary purpose will be eggs but also as new pets for the family (we have 2 cats, dog, tropical aquarium, and an aquaponics system!).
Anyone who has/has had chooks what advice can you give two total chicken newbies?! Any info re feeding, housing, socialising etc would be great. We won't get chicks as we have two cats (neighbours have chickens and our cats visit but don't touch but wouldn't trust them with chicks).
We are hoping to get 4 chooks, housed in a coop/run at night and free ranging in the backyard during the day. Have tentatively decided 1 of each of the following breeds but open to alternatives! We're in Adelaide and with a week of 40+ just now (43 today 😮) they need to be heat resilient!
Rhode Island Red
Thanks for any advice 😀