Rules and Regulations for Raising Chickens – Where do I start?
It all depends on what you’re hoping to achieve. Are your chickens purely in the backyard to keep the grass down and provide your family with a pet or fresh eggs? Or are you aiming to be the Chicken Queen or King in your suburb?
If you’re considering using your backyard set-up to make money, either now or in the future, find out first about the council regulations in your area. It could save you a lot of time, money and heartache in the future!
Backyard chicken ownership is regulated by your local council.
Commercial chicken ownership is regulated by government departments in your state, responsible for areas like planning and primary and your local council.
Nationally, the relatively new Australian Egg Corporation at http://www.aecl.org/ provides information and guidance on poultry-keeping. Membership is voluntary and well worth considering.
Commercial egg sales must comply with basic egg handling rules set down by Food Standards Australia. You can find out more at- www.foodstandards.gov.au.
Keeping Chickens in the Back Garden: Keeping Your Chickens Safe
Keeping chickens safe can be a big job. Predators, whether in the city or rural areas, can be very persistent.
The key is making their pen or chicken coop as secure and strong as possible. Use as many security measures as your budget will allow.
- Make sure windows and doors close tightly.
- Regularly check screens and wire for holes and tears.
- Consider lining the floor of your coop with chicken wire or concrete if possible.
- Some people dig walls 30 cm into the ground to stop predators digging between walls and floor.
Consider using your pet or another animal to ‘guard’ the flock from intruders:
- Before using ‘Rover’ to protect your chickens, make sure he’s the placid type, and won’t chase them.
- Are the chickens familiar with the dog? Can they override their natural instinct to be scared of large, loud animals? Think about this before settling on a guard dog – or the poor chickens might die of fright before the predators get near!
- Geese, donkeys, llamas and alpacas have all been known to scare off predators around chicken coops.