The Smallholding

Chicken Pen wattle fence willow archway
Chicken Island

Theo grew up on a dairy farm with all the milk he could drink right there on his doorstep, and while I love the thought of it, we figured we’d start off with something smaller than a cow and work our way up. So to begin with we went with chickens.

First, we needed somewhere to put them. Click here to read all about our adventures in fighting brambles, fence building and ditch bridging. Once all that was sorted we collected our lovely hens – you can click here to read all about our chickens’ arrival and naming.

We now have three chickens, all coming into lay. Two are Rhode Island Reds from a local poultry farmer with a small collection of unusual breeds, and one is a Rhode Island Red/Black Rock crossbreed raised by a friend who unfortunately lost the mother hen and cockerel to the fox.


It remains to be seen whether either of us will stay detached enough from our feathered friends to put them on the dinner table when they stop laying, but we’re feeding them up with all our yummy veggie scraps just in case!

We’ll see how our fencing holds up against our chickadees before we move onto any clever piggies or the notorious escape artists – goats!