Finally got the coop and run finished on friday afternoon, and then yesterday morning (saturday) we picked up four point of lay chickens.
The farm we got them from said they are a Rhode Island Red cross Light Sussex hens, called Lohmanns. I did a quick search for Lohmann Chickens and found out they were originally bred in Germany for the mass production of eggs.
They lay at around 18 weeks of age and can lay usually one egg per day. They produce on average 280 eggs per year. The eggs are laid daily and usually between dawn and dusk. They are easy to keep and will eat most things, and make very good pets.
As soon as we let them out into the run they settled in very quickly, and were soon running around and enjoying the fresh air. When we picked them up they were being kept in a dark barn so the sunshine and open air must of felt nice.
They came to us and let us stroke them straight away, and within a short time two of them were brave enough to fly up onto our shoulders, which was really unexpected.
You can find more photos of our Lohmann Hybrid Chicken HERE.