Home    Subscribe    Write for Us    List an Event/Business    Contact    Login
Join the Adelaide Mums Facebook Group to ask questions, seek advice, share experiences and join a vibrant and supportive community.

Chickens Make Great Pets!

by EmmaH (follow)
Family Friendly (228)      Kid Friendly (227)      Family Activities (91)      Kids Activities (88)      Parenting Tips (42)      Advice (39)      Pets (10)     
These little farmyard creatures have become household favourites for their ability to clean up the kitchen scraps, provide fantastic garden fertaliser, free range organic eggs and endless fascination for the little people in your household!

Breed: Do your research. If you are after chickens with a short lifespan but a high laying capacity, a hybrid like the Hyline Brown may suit, but if you are after a chicken to get attached to and are not in a hurry to get those eggs, another breed may be more up your alley. A good resource for this discussion is the Australian Poultry Forum

Cost: Approximately around $20 per chicken

Do you need an updated family portrait?
Where to get them: Most fodder stores will sell chickens, but they are also often for sale on Gumtree.

What you need to set up: A chicken hutch to protect them from the elements (or the neighbourhood cat) and a comfy nest box for them to lay their eggs. Depending on the size of your yard you may like for them to roam free, or keep them enclosed in a chicken run but be mindful to allow them enough space to move around. you can buy these online, or make your own with some hardware from Bunnings.

What they eat: Chickens are fantastic at cleaning up your food scraps and producing high quality garden fertaliser. You can also purchase pellets to keep on supply for around $30 for thirty kilos. You also need to keep a good supply of fresh water from a clean dish for them daily, especially in the warmer months.

Should you get more than one?: Chickens are social creatures so two or three chickens will create a better environment for them to effectively lay.

Do you need an updated family portrait?
How many eggs to expect: A chicken lays approximately one egg per day, once again this depends on the age and breed of the chicken.

Lifespan: Chickens lifespans vary but their effective laying span can be from one year to seven years.

Basic Chicken care: Change the straw and bedding in the coop once a month. Keep an eye on them making sure they are alert, healthy and have shiny feathers. If you would like your chickens to be kept as pets, 'house training' them is a good idea. You can train your chickens not to peck at your children and by cuddling them often they become tamer but before that is the case, always supervise interactions between young children and pets.

Do be very careful with children around their droppings though, ingestion could make them very ill and always wash their hands thoroughly after contact just as a precaution.

#Kids Activities
#Family Activities
#Kid Friendly
#Family Friendly
#Parenting Tips

Have you ever tried to cut your child’s hair? Any parent who has will know that it’s hard work – they fidget, squirm, freak out at the site of scissors and get bored easily. Luckily, Hair by Rebecca Hairdressing in Modbury caters to both KIDS and ADULTS!
Cirkidz is a circus school based in Bowden that offers weekly classes for children aged between 2.5 and 17 years, as well as adult classes, and they’d love you to try it for free!
Save the Children op shop at Glenside will be holding a three day clearance sale in October with plenty of interesting items for sale including vintage and retro clothing, furniture, homewares, pottery, books, plants, electrical, clothes, books, bric-a-brac, toys, games, vinyl, tools and collectable
20 Oct - 22 Oct
Join us for Playgroup SAs Annual Membership Event, Playgroup at the Zoo is so much FUN for the whole family.
20 Oct
Teddy bear stalls and displays.
20 Oct
Join the conversation on the Adelaide Mums Facebook Group

Enjoy affordable family photography from MyFamilyPhoto.com.au

I like this Article - 1
More Articles by EmmaH
view all articles by EmmaH
Articles by EmmaH on Other Hubs
ID: 57713
Do you need an updated family portrait?
[ Submit a Comment ]
by Tian
20 Oct - 22 Oct
by Tian
20 Oct
by Tian
20 Oct
by Tian
21 Oct
by Tian
21 Oct
by Tian
22 Oct
29 Oct
Weekend (71)
Shows (131)
Markets (28)
Lunch (45)
Food (48)
Coffee (25)
Brunch (31)
BBQ (10)
Featured on Other Hubs
Copyright 2012-2017 On Topic Media PTY LTD. ABN 18113479226. mobile version