Urban chicken ownership is on the up as city dwellers seek to go back to basics without compromising on metro convenience.
Neighbourly.co.nz staffer Rob Jensen is one of an increasing number of people who’ve welcomed a few feathered friends into their backyards.
He was in inspired by TV programme River Cottage, which follows chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall swapping city living for a more sustainable lifestyle in the country.
He is now the proud dad of six chickens – not to mention a new baby.
‘‘Having fresh eggs on a regular basis is great,’’ Jensen says. ‘‘The thing I like most about having chickens is giving away eggs to family and friends, and hearing how much more they enjoy ours compared to those bought from the supermarket.’’
Chickens are traditionally farmyard animals so there are restrictions when it comes to introducing them to city living.
local council guidelines, but most authorities limit the number of chickens you can have in your backyard from six to 12.
Some don’t allow roosters