Backyard ban­ter

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By SARAH MOORE AT NEIGH­BOURLY.CO.NZ

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.

Th­ese de­pend

on

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

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