Got weeding to do? Get a chicken!

Every autumn I sow a mustard greencrop in the greenhouse. Mustard for soil is like lemon juice for livers – a deep cleanse. Come June when we’re done with the tomatoes and peppers I let the chickens loose amongst it. Don’t you just love seeing a chicken how nature intended, body lost in a jungle […]

January in the Chook Yard

Chooks don’t sweat. Imagine that in this heat! To make up for this fact you need to provide them with shade (and don’t skimp on it) summer through autumn. A dust bath (in the shade), fresh ground and a daily change of water help too. Put a dose of cider vinegar or garlic in their […]

Natural remedies for worms in Chooks

Sweetie (chook on the left) has a dirty behind – a possible sign of worms. If I get in quick, I’ll save the day with herbs! Spring’s a common time for worms, so lets be prepared with some natural solutions. Worms are preventable. Here’s a checklist: • Keep their house clean and dry (I use […]

The Chook Workshop

Chooks fit into an edible backyard like honey in tea. They’re everything the food gardener needs – a free weeding and bug hunting service, a regular supply of organic fertiliser – all this and eggs too. Come along and learn the basics of chicken-keeping.