Chooks make great gardeners if their “enthusiasm” is directed appropriately. Build a simple moveable run or set up some netting with bamboo stakes in your vegetable garden once you have harvested your veges. Released during the day into this ‘ play pen’ the chooks will eat all the weeds, weed seeds, bugs, poop in the soil and fertilise it creating beautiful rich soil for you to plant in. You get feathered gardeners and they get new ground to scratch in, sunshine, dust baths and all things loved by chickens. It’s win win! This is an Australian breed with a close resemblance to Black Orpingtons. They are big, black and bustle around the garden. In the sunlight their feathers are a shiny green. They are quiet and friendly and are great backyard chooks. They lay around five large brown eggs each week.