Life span – 7-8 years
Size – 2-2.75kg
Diet – chicken pellets, oyster shell grit, fruits and veggies
Home – coop with at least 1 square metre of space per chicken
Care and Maintenance
Watch out for predators in your local area. If you’re raising chickens for egg production, invest in younger hens, as chickens will lay most of their eggs during their early years of life. Chickens bred for egg laying die early of laying-related diseases, whereas speciality breeds will lay fewer eggs but live longer.
Purchase or adopt vaccinated chickens from a reliable source as they are easily prone to respiratory disease and viruses. If you want to keep neighbours happy, don’t add a rooster to your family as they can be noisy. Plus, his dominance will make your hens broody, which decreases egg production.