Chickens make great pets, they don’t need a lot of looking after and they also give you amazing fresh eggs to eat.
What you’ll need:
Chicken coop – this must be a safe and secure place for the chickens to sleep that foxes cannot get in. You can buy a coop or you could build one yourself. If you don’t want them free ranging in your garden in the day you will also need a run, an outside secure area for them to graze out of the coop in the day.
Food and water – chickens will eat your kitchen scraps but also need some chicken pellets to help them produce eggs.
Where to buy your chickens
Many markets sell chickens and also local farms often have them for sale. You need to decide whether you are going to buy adult chickens or baby chicks. Chickens don’t lay until approximately 5 months old so if you don’t want to wait for eggs or put in the extra work of looking after baby chickens then you should buy adult ones.
Baby chicks need to sleep inside for a couple of months and require a lot of looking after so buying adult ones is much easier, although kids will love rearing the baby chicks.
Check your council regulations, as city suburbs have a limit of how many chickens you can have, ours is 10.
Once your chickens are laying, you should get an egg a day from each chicken. Freshly laid eggs taste amazing and completely different to supermarket bought ones.
Chickens are friendly and I love sitting outside and watching them peck around, it’s very relaxing. We let our free range around the garden and they will follow us around if we are outside.
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