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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.

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