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Our Pet Chickens

I have kept chickens all my life, I rew up on a small holding with many differnt animals from cows, sheep, pigs, goats ducks and chickens. I don't think I can ever remember a time without them. When we moved to our cottage, we put an electric fence around the perimeter to keep the foxes out and a fenced off area where they have a large space to roam in the woodland. We currently have one ex battery hen called Henrietta, a buff Orpington Rooster called Boris and 4 buff orpington hens. The Buff Orpington hens all look very similar and are generally called Mrs Chicken! The first photo below shows them as they were as chicks.

Buff Orpington Chicks

A few years ago we had purchased a brand new chicken house and put it up in our little woodland garden, it was the ‘Hilton’ of hotels for chickens. It had 10 nest boxes on our outside. They were accessible to the chickens inside however you could collect the eggs from the outside via a hatch. It had purpose built perches and plenty of room. Sadly, after only having the shed three months, we had a pretty bad storm here in the UK which bought down a tree from our neighbours garden onto the shed. Incredibly the chickens were all absolutely fine. Thankfully. So Nicholas and his friend patch it up as best they could as a temporary measure and in 2017 we set about making the it larger....

Buff Orpington Chickens

It took a couple of days of solid work, but utilising an old shed that we had to take down when the renovations were happening allowed us to extend quite a bit. Nicholas cleverly took the front off of the chicken house, made everything bigger and fit the front panel back with added height at the top. So I can now stand up in the shed, the chickens have lots more room to perch and there is plenty of room for food, water and nest boxes. We even have a permanent light in there with a timer for the winter months so they can see in the dark mornings and evenings when the clocks change. They are very happy with their new abode.

Buff Orpington Chickens

The chickens outside their new home!

Buff Orpington Chickens

The chickens sitting up roosting on their first night at the back of their shed!

Buff Orpington Chickens

Buff Orpington rooster below is just adorable. He is bumbling and very comical!

Buff Orpington Chickens


Hi Melanie and Nicholas,
Sammy’s portrait is absolutely beautiful, and I can’t wait to present it to my friend. Once I have it I’ll take pictures and send you one with Michele and her new portrait. Thank you so much for doing a wonderful job. I’m so glad I found you! Hugs,


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Would you like to see the garden that our chickens live in? If so head on over to our Cottage Garden page to see lots of lovely photos.


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