The Chicken Cooperative was formed 10 years ago and we are now on our fourth batch of chickens. We built the coop on an unusable plot and extended into the paddock area a couple of years later. There are always 7 members, each responsible for the chickens on a regular day of the week. On their day, that member will replenish the feed pellets (and add treats like porridge, bread, greens etc). Fill the container with fresh water and let the chickens out into the paddock. Later they will return and get the chickens back into their fox-proof enclosure. All the eggs laid that day can be taken home and we keep a log book to record the number of eggs and any matters of concern for the other members. Members in the Chicken Cooperative pay subs of £5 per month to pay for food pellets and incidentals.
In normal times we meet once a month to give the coop a thorough clean and spray with disinfectant. The nesting boxes are lined with fresh bedding and all containers cleaned. Under the current restrictions these jobs are being done individually. We usually have a Christmas meal together and meet for brunch at a farm café, run by the farmer who supplies our chickens.