Just over 3 weeks ago my brother and sister-in-law purchased and bought over 2 young hens and a very cute hen-house for the girls and I. My brother has had hens for a while now and when I mentioned we'd quite like to have our own hens he took it upon himself to search out a hen-house and hens for us. They arrived late one Friday evening along with enough food to last a few weeks and a couple of feeders for food and water. The girls have named them "Rosie" (Caitlin's) and "Lemon-pip" (Amelia's) and they are lovely, quiet hens that are becoming quite tame already. This past Sunday my parents came over for lunch and then helped us erect a fence of chicken wire so we can let them out of their house and have a peck and scratch around in a larger area which they love.
We were rewarded and excited to find our first egg last Thursday which we think was from "Lemon-pip" as she is the slightly bigger hen. And because Caitlin is the one who feeds them everyday and also found the first egg she had it for breakfast the next day, soft boiled with 'soldiers' just how she likes it.
Many thanks to my brother Andrew and his wife Mandy, our new 'girls' are providing much pleasure to us all. :-)