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Well, all chickens lay great eggs, it is simply frequency and size that differ between the breeds. Some of the most popular chicken breeds for egg size, frequency and taste are:
- Rhode Island Red
- Plymouth Rock
This varies depending on the breed of chicken and the season. Chickens generally lay an egg every 24 hours, so as there is less sunlight in winter, you will get less eggs. Bantam hens (cute and petite) often produce less legs than a standard hen, but make up for it in their abundant amount of cute and fluffiness.
We can source them for you!
You add the breed and number of chickens to your cart. Our team contacts our Australia wide network of quality breeders. Once we source them, you pickup & pay the local breeder.
Yep! Introduction is everything. Your family dog will likey become a protector of your flock. Check our gallery of dog and chicken friendships here, from Border Collies, to Kelpies, a Mastiff and more. https://www.backyardchickencoops.com.au/dogs-and-chickens-equal-great-friends
It is important that chickens still have a coop to house them at night, however when it comes to feed, they will still require a quality mixed grain feed to supplement their free-ranging diet.
Yes, every council in Australia allows chickens, it is simply the number you can keep differs which is usually dependant on the size of your yard. Generally a 500sqm block can have up to 6 or 8 hens. No rooster in suburbia, keep the coop about a metre from your neighbours, on a good foundation, keep it clean and you will be keeping everyone happy!
You can buy chicken feed from us! Click here to have it delivered to your door.
Silkies, Australorps, Orpingtons and Wyandottes are all family friendly breeds - they will dote on the kids as much as the kids dote on them!
Most chickens will start laying at around 6 months of age, however if they are in a new home, it may take them a little while to get into a laying routine.
When starting off, we say 3-5 chickens will make for the perfect flock. You will yield a good amount of eggs, and enough for the birds to keep themselves busy.
Absolutely! You can keep any breed of chicken together, just try to get them at the time time, at the same age/ size, this helps with pecking order to ensure no one gets left out or picked on.
Chickens are flock birds, they do need to be 2 or more, ideally a minimum of three to feel happy and secure. Any less and they will tend to be stressed.
Absolutely! It’s one of the things that new chicken keepers are most surprised about! These lovely ladies have just as much personality as dogs & cats, really!
Quality feed contains a mix of protein, vitamins, Enzymes and fiber. The age of the hen will determine the type of food they need (just like children). Once over 12 weeks of age they are ready to start laying eggs and move from crumbles to laymash.
Easy! They love the table scraps & fridge contents you no longer love. Fresh herbs, leafy greens, pumpkin, carrot, warm oats in winter, fresh berries & ice in summer - they will basically fit into your family routine :) In addition to this, a quality mixed grain called lay mash should be the main source of food (protein) for your flock. This will supplement the goodness the get from the earth when free ranging.
Chickens eat around 1/3 of a cup of feed per day, in addition to their foraging and table scraps from your household.
Chickens should have access to feed at all times, as they eat when they need to according to their energy levels. Our guide to feeding chickens article here is the perfect way to get you in the know in just a few minutes!
It really is dependent on the breed of chicken, however most will have a life span of around 5-6 years. Those that are profuse layers, may have a shorter lifespan.
Chickens are super friendly! Handling them every day will mean they feel safe and excited to see you and your kids. They will want nothing more than pats & treats :)
Orpington, Pekin, ISA Brown, Silkie, Plymouth Rock. https://www.backyardchickencoops.com.au/top-5-best-chooks-for-kids
Each chicken needs space to flap their wings. If you plan to keep them in the coop full time, aim for one square metre per chicken. If you are using the coop mostly at night time and laying eggs, 0.4 square metres per hen is suitable. To make life easier here is a guide to our coops for you:
1.2m x 2.3m = 2.76 square metres (suitable for 3 full time, 5 free ranging)
3.7m x 1.43m = 5.29 square metres (suitable for 4 full time, 10 free ranging)
Mansion Coop & Run
2.65m x 5.66m = 15 square metres (suitable for 10 full time, 20 free ranging)
Like any pet, the chicken coop needs some weekly attention. Using our premium hemp bedding and a scoop, simply slide out the trays, scoop up the poop and freshen up with a new layer of bedding. Monthly or quarterly rake out and hose will ensure everything is tidy and clean. We also sell natural coop cleaning kits using apple cider vinegar, fresh herbs, and Diatomaceous earth.
Chickens sleep on perches inside a secure coop. They sit on perches (replicating tree branches as they would have in the wild), they huddle together closely and sleep dusk till dawn.
Chickens make a nest to lay their eggs. We provide that space for them in the form of “Nesting Boxes” which you line with hemp bedding and they quickly learn this is where they are to lay their eggs.
Honestly, a dog barking is noisier! They will only screech and squawk when they are displeased, stressed, or if they have just laid you a lovely fresh egg - yay!
If you are looking for an egg layer to boot, ISA Browns, Rhode Island Reds, and Australorps are going to be the breeds for you!
They are quite self-sufficient little birds. They eat what they need to when they need to and are a hardy bird in both hot and cold climates. They need a wormer liquid added to their water every three months and access to a balanced quality feed to maintain health & egg production. This, along with lots of love should keep them happy & healthy!
Yes, as long as they have a secure coop, access to plenty of fresh water and food for the time you are away, they will be more than happy! The number of days they can go unattended will vary depending on the number of chooks you have and the size of their coop & run. A neighbour never shy away from the duties of checking the chooks when fresh free-range eggs are the payment ;)
Yep! 3-6 chickens will be approximately $20 a month on food, $10 a month on bedding, and $20 a year on worming & health.
Absolutely! You simply let the landlord know you have a Backyard Chicken Coop on hold! We can supply you with an attachment to email the landlord showing the guidelines and the chickens, the neighbours and the property will all be looked after.
Not needed! Chickens are self-sufficient and can keep themselves clean by taking a little dust bath!
Like any pet, the chicken coop needs some weekly attention. Using our premium hemp bedding and a scoop, simply slide out the trays, scoop up the poop and freshen up with a new layer of bedding. Monthly or quarterly rake out and hose will ensure everything is tidy and clean. We also sell natural coop cleaning kits using apple cider vinegar, fresh herbs, and Diatomaceous earth
Some chicken breeds are hardy creatures, and can comfortably live in environments where the temperature reaches almost freezing temperatures. If you frequently experience temperatures over 32 degrees, check out these chicken breeds: https://www.backyardchickencoops.com.au/top-5-chicken-breeds-for-warm-climates
Chickens need access to forage in the ground to get nutrients from the earth, minerals and vitamins that they can't get from feed & seeds. They don't require a large space to do this.
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