We have two small flocks of about 50 hens in each, and three geese. Although the hens don’t have names, the geese do – they are named Elsie (on the right), Rosalind (on the left) and Frank (in the middle).
The hens lay about 8 dozen eggs every day from Spring to mid December, and a little less in the shorter winter days. The geese are nothing but pets but they do produce eggs in the Spring and we occasionally have some for sale! The birds live in separate pens, although because the hens are inquisitive one or two often pop in to see the geese!
There is a tall fence around the outside of our poultry pens – this is to keep foxes out. Although the geese would be brave and let us know if there was a fox in the pen, they are not strong enough to chase off a fox.
All the birds have lots of grass to peck over and we’ve put up climbing frames and shelters for the hens so they have lots of places to perch and get shade when the sun is strong.
The geese have a pond and some water baths – they love to splash about in the water and preen themselves. The hens often make dust baths in the field – they preen themselves also but when they are dry.