This is Eagle Girl, she is a flight risk, must be closely watched.
Is it true.... yes i think so, the temptation of all those lovely fresh eggs and how easy chickens are to come by and care for they are usually the first thing people get into even before doing a veggie garden.
I first got chickens in about 2001, 2 Rhode Island Reds and 2 Austrolops. I have come a long way from those first chickens and have learned so much.
These are the Lawson Ladies- Miss Gray, Miss White, Miss Black and
the Brown Twins.
If you have decided that chickens will be coming to your place, what do you need.
This is the first coop we built when we lived in the Blue Mountains,
i still love this coop.
As far as this goes we have had Foxes and Quolls who have taken our chooks, don't be fooled into thinking just because you live in suburbia your chooks are safe.
If you choose a tractor then you are all set as far as housing goes, however if a coop and a run is more to your liking then there is a little more work to do.
This is The Big House, the first coop we built here on the farm.
I always like to use an old wooden ladder as it makes it easy for them to get up to the top perches.
Eagle Girl trying out the new nest box.
I also add in green pine branch needles, rosemary and lavender.
All the food scraps, garden leftovers and breakfast mash is fed outside.
Mmmm Breakfast Mash
To their inside water i add 1/4 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar once a week.
There is a saying "rare as hens teeth" because chooks don't have any teeth, so they need to eat small stones and shell grit to grind up their food. In this case they will need a dish of medium shell grit available at all times.
Pellet feeds are popular and easy, then there are the scratch mixes, which sometimes are a waste as they only eat what they like and leave the rest.
You can also make up your own dry feeds.
For our lovely ladies and handsome fellers we feed a combination of different feeds.
Cracked corn, wheat, barley and sunflower as a dry mixed seed in a treadle feeder in the coop.
Fermented wheat and sprouted grain and as many kitchen scraps and garden waste as they can eat.
The wet food is always fed outside in big dishes.
This is fermented wheat, it is soaked for about a week where it gets lovely and soft and gets a nice yeast-y smell.
This is Chick eating her sprouted grain.
The brown eggs are from our Barnevelders and
the blue/green eggs are from our ducks.
This is Henny Penny
Besides the fact that these beauties will clean up your garden, eat all your veggie scraps and in return they lay wonderful tasty eggs they are also entertaining and funny to watch and each one has its own personality.
This mean guy came in at just over 2kg and tasted delish.
What about a rooster you might ask, well you don't need a rooster to get eggs but you do if you want some chicks.
Roosters are a whole other story Cock-a-Doodle-Doo, until next time........