Keeping Chickens In Your Backyard Garden

| July 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

Chickens are a great hardworking friendly pet to have in your backyard. And they are classified as a micro livestock pet which you can keep in your back yard. 

Chickens in Your Backyard Are The Sustainable Pet

Recycled Chicken Coop

They are great for….

  • Fresh eggs
  • Kitchen meat scrap waste
  • great fertilizers
  • Organic pest controllers
  • Companionable pets with heaps of personality
  • They garden by turning soil
  • They help mow the lawn

Make sure you supply a dry home for your chickens to live in that is pest proof. And they will also need laying boxes with clean dry straw, wood shavings or hay. Please ensure that you are feeding your chickens a healthy mix of top layer mash and kitchen scraps. Letting your chickens’ free range during the day is great for more organic nutrient rich eggs. As they are getting a variety of bugs and grasses to supplement the kitchen scraps and mash. Also make sure you supply them with lots of fresh water daily because chickens get thirsty too.

Some Sustainable Facts About Chickens

  • If you keep 10 hens this will produce an average of 60 eggs per week
  • 10 hens will generate more than 100kg per year of good organic fertilizers
  • 3 hens will produce an average of 36 eggs each week more than enough for the average family

Choosing Your Chickens Breed

  • Ancona– great layers with big white eggs, great bug killers with pretty feathering but can be noisy but with a curious personality.
  • Araucana– people friendly very hardy great layers with pretty blue to greenish coloured eggs. You can also get a Lilac Araucana that lays an egg with a lilac tone to it.
  • Barnevelder– lay a fairly large brown egg and are good layers all year round. A naturally quiet chicken and a great addition to any family.
  • Barred rock– these hens are beautiful to look at and are great layers, you get lots of eggs. Also friendly towards people. But can be bossy towards smaller hens.
  • Campine– this chicken is tolerant of small children so they are great as pets. They lay white eggs and are smart but can be noisy. Also, a good show hen.
  • Frizzle– is a very beautiful chicken and they come in different breeds. This chicken is a good culinary breed but it also lays well.
  • Wydnotte– are a dual-purpose breed kept for their brown eggs and their meat. They appear in a variety of colours and patterns and are popular show birds. They are a great chicken for your backyard. Also, broody so they make great mothers.
  • Plymouth Rock– are a long-lived hen if cared for and are great at foraging free range. They are also dual-purpose breed for both eggs and meat.
  • Leghorn– the leghorn is a popular hen and breed mainly for its laying eggs ability and they are also long lasting.
  • Sussex– another dual-purpose hen that is an exceptional layer. This chicken comes in a variety of colours and is long lasting.
  • Silkie– is among the most docile of hens with fluffy plumage that feels like silk. They only lay about 3 eggs a week. But make great pets.
  • Orpington– these large hens often go broody so they make great mothers. They have been bred to be excellent layers and are a very popular hen.
  • Pekin Bantam– with careful and regular handling these hens make great pets as they are a very docile chicken. They are not very productive egg layers but do get broody and make good mothers.
  • Brahma– this is a big hen with an upright carriage and large head. Good layers of large brown eggs that are good quality. They long to hang out and become part of your family.
  • Australorp– these is a large hardy and docile hen which is a good layer. They are fantastic for the backyard and are often cross bred with a Leghorn for laying purposes.
  • New Hampshire– is part of the Rhode Island Red family that mature early with full feathering. The mature hens are a chestnut red colour and lay large brown eggs. Awesome choice for the backyard.

Chicken Pictures Page

Collecting your eggs soon after being laid helps preserve their freshness and stops the hens from eating them and broodiness occurring in the flock. Eggs shells have a natural protective cuticle “bloom” that helps to protect them from external contamination. Do not wash your eggs after collecting them as this will remove the protective layer.

  • Allow your dirty eggs to dry.
  • Brush them with a course dry cloth too remove the dry dirt.
  • This will stop bacteria spreading.
  • Store your eggs in cartons in a cool dry place.
  • Store your eggs blunt sides up to retain the air space in the correct position and this will keep them fresher longer.

The egg shells consist mainly of calcium carbonate and it is porous. Because it contains nearly 8000 little holes that gases, water and vapor can pass through. So, the shell membrane is a barrier against bacteria keeping the eggs healthy.

Eggs are considered one of nature’s most complete foods. Think about eggs as the best of foods, and if you are consuming 2 a day the following nutrients apply.

  • Protein 20%, calcium 8%, phosphorous 20%, Iron 26%, Iodine 10%, Vitamin A 20%, Vitamin B 12%, Vitamin B1 12%, Vitamin B2 8%, Vitamin B12 24%, Vitamin D24%, Kilojoules 670.

Here Are Some Common Egg Problems

  • Wrinkled eggs– they look wrinkly and some of the causes could be stress among the flock or maybe a disease such as bronchitis. Also, it could be a defective shell gland.
  • Soft shell eggs– causes could be nutritional deficiencies like lack of calcium. Or laying eggs prematurely maybe disease if it becomes a regular thing.
  • Blood stained– this is caused by small blood vessels rupturing in the hen’s vagina. This is due to excessive straining. Its common in young pullets coming on to the lay.
  • Speckled eggs– its important to provide a balanced nutrient rich diet. Some causes could be poor nutrition, or disturbances in the flock during calcification process.
  • Broken and mended– meaning that it got broken in the calcification process and mended before it got laid. The cause is stress so try to be calm around your chickens at all times.

The health of your chickens is important for you to have healthy sustainable chickens and eggs. Chickens need to live in an environment that gives them a happy nutrient full and long stress-free life. Love what you grow, enjoy.


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Hi my name Tanya and I am a lover of growing all things in the garden. Its the one place I feel at peace and can rest my soul. From my earliest childhood memory I have always loved the garden. So I hope to be able to pass on some of the information, tips, tricks and of course my passion for Gardening. Love what you grow. Enjoy.

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