My story is of the feathered variety, specifically chooks! Recently keeping chickens in suburban backyards has become increasingly popular, but my city slicker husband was horrified when I built my first pen and moved in some lovely ladies 8 years ago when we first bought the house. Being from the ‘bush’ chickens were just a way of life for me and there was no way I was paying $6.50 for a dozen faux ‘free-range & organic’ eggs, we have boys, eggs are part of their staple diet! You’ll have to check on your council regulations and it pays to have a chat with your neighbours, but if you would consider keeping guinea pigs then chooks are just as easy!
I have 5 hens of varying breeds, do your research, chickens are like dogs, they come in many different shapes, sizes, colours and temperaments! My personal favourite for eggs and personality are Australorps, they are like the Labradors of the chicken world, Plymouth rocks are more ‘clumsy friendly Rottweilers’ and Silkies are without a doubt the small manic yappy lap dog! Frizzles are like princess poodles, lovely to look at but down right mean! And then you have your friendly bitza, the mixed breed so often crossed you can never quite figure out where it origins lay, but that’s okay as they are generally strong, healthy and intelligent!
Chickens are great pets, not only for the obvious, egg laying, scrap eating, fertiliser producing eco benefits, but they are quite smart animals, not unable to show affection, you will find yourself chatting to your hens and don’t be surprised when they chat back!
Posted by mle00, 14th November 2013