Urban livestock Chooks
Broody chooks are hens that just sit on the eggs desperately trying to get them to hatch. When you try to remove them from the nest, they fluff up their feathers and make a funny clucking sound (hence the name clucky chook). This can be a great opportunity to increase your stock. If you have a broody chook place some golf balls under her while you locate some fertile eggs. At night gently slip the golf balls out and replace with the eggs. A large hen can easily sit on 8-12 eggs, a bantam around six large eggs. The hen will hopefully incubate these eggs as if they are her own. After 21 days you should have baby chicks. Brown Shaver This girl is the one of the estimated 3.3 million hens used exclusively in the commercial egg farms. It is a hybrid breed developed to be a laying machine! These hens can lay up to 320 large, brown eggs each year. They are generally very tame as most have been raised in farms and are used to humans. They can be a little noisy, especially when they lay an egg. They are a good breed to start off with as they are easy to source as young hens from commercial egg farms. They are not long-lived as many develop egg-producing problems as they age. Commercial operations cull them when they are around 18 months to two years old. If you would like to give some of these culled hens a new home they are often sold from the egg farms for $1!