Eco Friendly Backyard
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About 20 years ago my wife and I developed the view that battery hen egg production upset us to the extent we no longer wished to buy eggs produced this way.
Back then, we didn’t have the choice we have now in the shops, of battery, barn laid, field, or organic eggs, so we decided to get our own hens. I built a hen house, partitioned a corner by building a fence from the boundary fence to the shed, purchased some hens and started collecting eggs.

We have not purchased an egg for twenty years! The advantage is that we know the hens are humanly treated. We have not put any green waste in our shire bin for twenty years, and our hens produce more eggs than we can eat, so we keep the family supplied and the eggs are great!
What sort of chooks should I get? Good question. I’m not an expert on this issue. I get my hens from a local hatchery, however there is a site in the Southern suburbs who has a good website. Search Fowl, chooks, Perth and it should come up.
How do you stop your chooks from eating your pot plants?
Easy. You see here a plastic mesh you can obtain from your local hardware store. It comes in rolls from 3 metres, 5 metres, 10 metres, etc. Simply measure the diameter you need and cut. Then join the ends with 3 or 4 cable ties. I have several. I use tin snips to cut it but your secateurs will also do it. Make sure you cut the bit of cable tie sticking out as it could damage your pet’s eye.
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Tip!  If you decide to get hens and you have built their hen house and run, don’t get your full limit of hens at once. It will be tempting, but resist.  Most hens will live for four to six years, but they will lay an egg a day for about a year to eighteen months and then drop off to one egg every two of three days.   If, for example, your Council allows six hens, stagger your purchase of hens so they don’t all age together. We allow our hens to enjoy their retirement and grow old naturally . This means for the last years of their lives we only get about one egg week from them.  I acquire two new hens every year to eighteen months.  This means I have a constant egg supply and my hens are treated properly in their old age.  Always get two new hens at a time because hens have a strict “pecking order” and they tend to pick on the new hens for a while.  Two together provide comfort to each other during this time.