A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of being interviewed again by Farmer Liz over at Eight Acres.
This time the interview was about how I got started with my backyard flock and any advice I had for the good readers of her blog.
Here is a little extract of the interview;
How many chickens (and other fowl) do you keep, what breed and what do you use them for (meat, eggs, slug control etc)?
I currently have 10 hens and no roosters. I have six ISA Browns, two Leghorns, and two Pekin Bantams. The large hens are for egg production and the bantams are for pest control. They all grow old gracefully, and I do not cull them as they get old as a reward for all of the service they provide me.
I bought my first hens from a lady named Sue who lives in New Gisborne, which is about 40 minutes north of Melton. She lives on a bush block and breeds hens for sale. They are well looked after, and she sells the pullets at point of lay. As the older hens pass away, I replace them with pullets. We still have one hen from our original flock that is 5 years old. Bunty is at the top of the pecking order, and probably will be until the day she dies.