Chickens & Gardens
OK, stupid question time. I am interested in getting 2-3 bantam hens to put in my garden to eat the slugs and insects. The garden is small (8x48). There is a 6' privacy fence on one side, and a 4' lattice fence on the other. I have dachshunds and rhodesian ridegebacks, and don't want them to hurt the chickens. (they are on the outside of the garden) However... I don't want to be cruel to the chickens, either. What is your opinion? Is keeping 2-3 chickens enough to keep them socially happy? Is that a big enough space to keep them happy? Do they need to be able to fly and flap their little wings? I promise I am not crazy, just don't want to be cruel, and I know nothing about chickens.
Thanks in advance,