FROM FRONT: Naughty Cluckie, Shy Cluckie, Little Cluckie, Big Cluckie
Our garden is fenced in - our chickens roam free ...
The Chicken House which snuggly fits our four chickens cost $261 including delivery via trademe. The fencing was purchased in two lots. 10 warritahs and 50 metres of chicken wire $150 (Bunnings) plus the omelet moveable fence $244 (Trademe). We still have approximately 25 metres of chicken wire for other areas if needed. Saw dust for the chicken house is approx. $2 a bag but can be reused as compost for your gardens. Feed from the supermarket is approximately $15 a bag for layer mash and pellets. I also make apple cider vinegar which I put into their water once a week which helps to keep the chickens worm free. Water is in ice cream containers beside our emergency water tank. (Rainwater).
Chickens are beneficial in the garden to keep pests at bay, they compost the garden areas not in use, they eat unwanted seeds from weeds, turn scraps into compost, provide chicken poop for the garden and of course provide free range eggs. We usually have anywhere from 2-4 eggs a day, a minimum of 14 eggs through to a maximum of 36 eggs per week. Our Silkie Hen does go through long periods of being broody but we love her and our red shaver hens are by far the most productive. We use approximately 12 eggs per week ourselves and we sell the rest giving us enough money to buy our chickens organic feed. Because the hens are free range they scratch around all day long in the yard so they do not require as much feed as hens kept in runs. Minimum 728 eggs per year through to 1872 so in dollar value this works out to be $364 - $936 per year @ .50c per egg.