CHICKEN & THE EGGS
EGG COUNT How many eggs are laid will depend on the breed, diet and age of your chook, as well as the temperature and season (they can stop laying in winter). Most chickens will lay around 180 to 320 eggs a year – some might lay daily. Certain pure breeds live longer and can lay for up to five or six years. Hybrids might only lay for 18 months or so, living on average for four years. WHAT TO EAT Chickens will eat kitchen scraps, garden weeds and even snails. Supplement their diet with certified organic pellets and you’ll be ensuring they get all the nutrients they need. Don’t feed your chooks rhubarb, avocado, bones, meat, potato skins, chocolate, onion, garlic, citrus fruits or grass clippings. ON DUTY Keep the feeder full and provide your chooks with fresh water daily. Remove droppings from the coop (put them in the compost) and change the straw in the nesting box often. Your chooks will need to be treated for worms with a tablet once every three months.