Backyard Chickens : How to Keep Happy Hens
Keeping a few hens in the backyard used to be habit of only those who lived in rural areas, migrants and hippies. Now it's mainstream and an attractive proposition for those even in urban settings. Fluffy little recycling units that eat weeds, kitchen scraps and turn them into organic eggs - what's not to love? Chickens are great backyard pets for young and old and a natural extension for anyone who has a veggie patch. Especially for those who like eggs but are concerned about the welfare of hens in the commercial egg industry. This book is a perfect reference for those already keeping chickens in the backyard or a perfect gift for the absolute beginner thinking about getting a few chooks. Offering advice on how to start, what's the commitment, housing, feed and troubleshooting.
- Hardback | 224 pages
- 170 x 240 x 20.32mm | 589.67g
- 25 Jul 2018
- MURDOCH BOOKS
- Millers Point, Australia
About Dave Ingham
Dave Ingham (no relation to the food brand!) is the resident henkeeping expert on radio 702 Weekends with Simon Marnie and runs Rent-a-chook, selling chickens coops and offering try-before-you-buy mini henhouses to Sydneysiders since 2001. Dave first got into henkeeping as an impoverished uni student, when he and his mates planted a mega veggie garden - chickens were a natural extension. With home brewed beer, plentiful free veg and eggs, those students ate far better than their penury would otherwise have allowed. Some years, many chooks and a few houses later, Dave was invited to speak at a sustainability project about what he'd done to make his house more environmentally friendly. He was waxing lyrical about the benefits of keeping chickens and, on a whim, offered to lend an old coop and couple of hens to one of the group to try out. A no-commitment trial of chooks. Go on, give it a go! Somebody coined the term Dave's Rent-a-chook and it went from there. Since establishing Rent-a-chook in 2001, Dave has seen henkeeping go from a hippie pursuit to something very common and entirely mainstream.