We have had chickens for years. They lay eggs for us to eat and the best part is they eat ticks and other yard insects. When we first moved over to the new place we didn't bring the chickens immediately. Talk about tick infestation. It was a nightly ritual to de-tick the kids before bed. Finally the pen was built and the chickens brought over. we left 5 hens and two roosters out to be our tick clean up crew and the rest were penned. It became clear that we were not going to keep the chickens in the new pen so we gave up and they all got out. This area was completely undeveloped so we lost all the chickens besides the 5 hen and 2 roosters that stay here in the yard.
We needed to start again so this spring we came across 30 biddies really cheap. We couldn't pass that deal up. We bought them and then the question was where to put them. They were not old enough to be outside without a momma. The cat had already got 2 of the other 6 we bought. In the past we have kept them in a box in the house, But 30 would start to smell bad in no time.