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Keeping chickens

A few weeks ago we found a young cockerel (Dave) in our garden. Nobody locally has claimed him and he has clearly decided to stay. We have sourced chicken feed for him and he is doing well.

We live en el campo and many of our neighbours have chickens so we are not concerned that our bird will be a nuisance. We hear many cockerels crowing near us.

We are thinking of getting three or four hens to keep Dave company. Any advice on purchasing chickens, where we may be able to get a coop/build a coop etc., would be greatly appreciated. We would want the chickens to be free range (coming in at night). We have a large plot, so the chickens would have several acres in which to forage in addition to our feeding them.

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