Chickens at home
Story Title: Chickens at home
Date: April 17th 2010
Presenter: Trevor Cochrane
Trevor waxes lyrical about the benefits of adding chickens to your backyard. Chickens not only provide tasty eggs, they're fantastic manure manufacturers and insect destroyers.
Cheap source of food – chickens provide an endless supply of eggs and we all know free range eggs taste the best.
You don't need a huge backyard to house chickens. All you need is a 100m area and a small cage. This will hold about three birds.
Chickens are easy to care for. They eat all your kitchen scraps and will consume most green waste from the garden.
Create extra food by growing herbs such as Basella or Malabar spinach. This herb grows strongly during the dry season and its high iron content turns egg yolks a vibrant orange.
Chickens reduce gardening bills. Their manure is a fantastic natural soil improver and all the nutrients are taken up by your plants unlike manufactured fertilisers.
Forget insect sprays – chickens are incredible predators who hunt all types of insects.