Source: Simon Howden /

Backyard chooks appear to be making a comeback in Australia.

Certainly suburban Canberra lends itself to this pursuit, with the average backyard still big enough to fit a couple of free ranging hens. Personally, I am plotting my own foray into the world of chook ownership and have been amazed at the range of chicken related businesses around.

My grand plan is to start with an egg incubator so that our kids can see the chickens as they hatch. In the meantime, we will also need to do a bit of reconfiguration in our backyard to fit in a chicken coop. At my current rate of organisation I’ll be ready by this time next year!

Some reasons to try chook ownership include:

  • they are productive pets (i.e. they produce eggs)
  • they can get rid of grubs and add free fertiliser to your backyard
  • they eat your food scraps and
  • can help children understand in a practical way where their food (particularly eggs and chicken meat!) comes from.

For those who are a step or two ahead of me in taking on the chook ownership challenge, here are some businesses that can give you a hand.

Canberra Chooks  – Canberra

Chicks in the City  – Canberra and surrounds

City Chicks  – Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne

Hatching Chicks – Canberra

Rentachook – Sydney and surrounds, will ship to anywhere in Australia (for a small fee!)

And for all you ever wanted to know about keeping chickens see the Keeping Chickens Blogspot.