Beginner hen-keep mentor Wellington
Happy Hens lay the BEST eggs!
I have a pretty basic set-up in my urban back yard in Wellington where (outside of HOAs) we are allowed to keep up to 12 hens.
I have a variety of breeds, not all of them are great layers, but they sure are a colorful and entertaining bunch!
My hens are here to help keep my garden pest free, fertilize, sustain the compost heap; and I get really great eggs out of our harmonious relationship! They are kept organically, and free-range their section of my back yard during the day. They also have access to the whole yard during the winter when nothing is growing in the garden, and I allow them to take the time to fertilize that part of the yard. I am working on create a chicken friendly garden. It's tough though, they really love fresh vegetables! I can tell you about how to maximize their egg production with lighting, keep them pest free, and feed them the best natural diet.
A few of my girls spent some time on a large piece of property, so they are predator savvy, and we do have hawks and vultures in Wellington, along with skunks and raccoons, and loose dogs. I can show you how I've set up to prevent predators from getting to the girls at night.
Are you interested in or new to keeping hens in Wellington? Come on over, get some ideas from my set up, and visit the girls.
Training & Qualifications
I had poultry growing up. I worked in a livestock feed store in Alaska for 3 years where I learned much about commercial feeds.
I've had five of my girls for 4 years. Those girls spent time in the country in a much more open space, but they've adapted well to urban life, and brought their predator-savvy wisdom with them. They've taught the six new ones their wisdom. I set up their place in Fall 2014, and they have been happy and healthy since.
Availability & Preferences
After 5 weekdays; late-afternoon - early evenings weekends.