A lot of people ask me if it is hard keeping chooks in the suburban backyard – it’s not at all, and really no different to any other pet. It has also been very good for the Small People to see that produce doesn’t come in a box or bag in the supermarket. And of course there is the added benefit of the fresh eggs, with an obvious taste difference. I particularly also notice the difference in the thickness of the egg whites, they whip like a dream when I am making a cake or biscuits.
I’m by no means a chicken expert, but I’ve learnt quite a lot in the months we’ve had our girls and also done a good bit of reading, so here’s a bit of a guide.
Buying chickens and different breeds
You usually either buy baby chicks (under six weeks old or so), or “pullets” (under a year old, they officially become “hens” after their…