Posted: 29/04/2014 at 11:23
I've just started keeping chickens a couple of months ago. I have mine in a coup and a long run covered with chicken wire. Eventually I would like them to have more space. They don't really need much looking after, but as others have said you have to let them out and then lock them up safe at night. I only have 3 and find that I clean them out once a week and the muck etc goes onto my compost heap.
They do need fresh clean water daily, mine are layers so I feed them pellets (and all the scraps!) Because mine are in a run, the ground does get a bit messy, especially in wet weather so I do try and move them to fresh bits of grass when I can.
Not sure if mine are particulary dim, but we have a removable cover on the run as they tend to go in the rain and get soaked!
I don't think they are that smelly, and as long as you keep them clean and remove any unwanted scraps they shouldn't attract any more rats/mice then your average rubbish bag does. My cats avoid them, I think they are a bit afraid of them.
I'm so pleased I got mine, the eggs are very tasty and I enjoy looking after them.
Lovely chicken enclosure Victoria