Category: Raising Chickens

Raising Backyard Chickens in Australia

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 Chickens

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 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-

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Keeping Your Chickens Safe

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.

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Best chicken breeds for hot weather

If you live in an area where you experience temperatures of over 100 degrees Fahrenheit / 38 degrees Celsius,  it is a good idea to avoid the large-sized and feathery chickens.

In hot weather, most Bantams do well with the exception of the feather-footed varieties.

The following Standard breeds are highly recommended for hot climates:

Common Hot Weather Breed Chickens

  • Blue Andalusians
  • Light Brown Leghorns
  • Golden Campines
  • White Leghorns

Best Chicken Breeds for Cold Weather

If you live in a cold Climate are where the temperature drops below freezing during part or all of the year, it is best to have Standard Chickens rather than Bantams.

Standards are hardier and fare better than Bantams in cooler to cold climates. Chicken combs and wattles are an important factor to consider since the smaller they are, the less they will be affected by frostbite.

Common Cold Weather Chicken Breeds are:

  • Chanticleers
  • Plymouth Rocks
  • Langshans
  • Sussexes
  • Orpingtons
  • Wyandottes

Is Chicken Raising Right for You?

Despite the many advantages of raising backyard chickens (fresh eggs! fresh chicken meat, family fun, eco-friendly to name a few) the practice is still quite uncommon. Most people are simply not aware that aside from the healthy eggs and poultry meat chickens can provide their family on a regular basis, chickens are fun pets too that your kids can cuddle.

Below are some important considerations that should be carefully evaluated if you are thinking about raising backyard chickens.

Do you have time to look after your chickens?

Although chickens are relatively low-maintenance, they do require time for daily care. While the amount of time is small, i.e. you only need 15 to 20 minutes daily for feeding, water and taking care of bedding, it’s important that you begin your chicken raising with eyes wide open and know what commitments you have to make.

Do you have enough space?

If chickens are kept in a chicken coop then you have to make sure that the chicken run (where they are allowed to range freely during the day) is big enough and secure from predators. It is recommended that at least six square feet per bird is available in the outside run. Ultimately though,  the more space the better.

Chickens are also natural foragers. They eat insects, grass, weeds and anything else that they can find in their chicken run – the more they are able to forage, the healthier and more contented they will be.

Apart from the obvious, why else are healthy chickens beneficial to you? It means tastier eggs and poultry meat.

When chicken roam freely, they also get a great deal of exercise and keep themselves fit and entertained. Another side benefit is that they will keep the grass maintained, so less time spend mowing! Chicken droppings also make great fertilizer so your back yard chickens will help fertilize your lawn for free.

Why Raise Chickens?

Of all the animals that people can raise as pets, chickens are unique in the sense that they produce something edible compared to other pets like dogs, horses, cats and fish. In fact, raising chickens for pets pay off in the long run as they are a source of fresh meat and eggs unlike what you normally buy in the supermarket.

And considering the craze about organic food, with your own backyard chickens it is very easy to produce your own organic eggs and poultry meat – all you have to do is feed your chickens organic chicken feed. Organically fed chicken that roam freely, eat grass are proven to lay eggs that have higher levels of Omega-3 fatty acids and Vitamin E while having lower cholesterol content!

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