We’ve had chickens in our back garden since around 2008, and was the inspiration for this blog.
Chickens are great, they not only provide fresh tasty eggs, and believe me when I say they are light years ahead of supermarket eggs, the chickens also scoff weeds and food leftovers. Oh, and the chicken poop is a fantastic natural fertiliser that works well on both food crops and garden plants.
We’d previously had chickens from Omlet and SPR, and earlier in the year we found out about Denmead Poultry. We found our Omlet hens rather a handful, and the SPR hens, well they hardly had an IQ point amongst the lot of them. So we decided to try something new.
After a few emails with Andy from Denmead Poultry, we arrived one day during Easter to pick up five new ladies.
Denmead Poultry’s prices were a little be more expensive per bird than from our former suppliers, but they are well worth it as not only are they much tamer, they seem to have a slightly higher IQ (if a chicken can have an IQ) than our previous chickens, and there is little or no aggression from the birds towards each other.
Denmead Poultry has several different breeds of laying hens available, these include Bluebelles, Sussex Stars, Rhode Rocks, Speckled Hens, Light Sussex Columbian Black Tails, Amber Stars and Sussex Rocks.
Prior to purchase of the chickens, we were asked by the staff if we had kept chickens before, and we were checked to ensure that we would be suitable ‘guardians’ before going ahead with the purchase.
We were able to select each chicken individually, though a few of them took some catching by staff!
In addition to the 5 birds, we also picked up a bag of corn and layers pellets.
The Denmead Poultry van is a common sight around the Denmead area.
Denmead Poultry also incuded this Easter bucket and eggs …
… plus meal worms for our new arrivals.
We got our 5 ladies safely home in this pet carrier.
And then introduced the chooks to their new home.
Yes that is a real swing, and the chickens do use it. Since this photograph we have tripled the stuff for them to do in their run. The run now includes an old bench, an upturned pallet and many more branches and logs for them to roost on.
Here are some of our ladies’ eggs which are sitting on our Egg Skelter. New eggs get added to the top, and eggs to be used are taken from the bottom of the Egg Skelter. Genius.
Our ladies from Denmead Poultry are very well behaved, docile, and rarely peck each other. They lay eggs on a regular basis, and the eggs are super tasty.
All in all Denmead Poultry is a fantastic local business and we are glad that decided to ‘Shop Local’.
Denmead Poultry is easy to find a map is shown below. You can call Denmead Poultry on (023) 9224 1642 or visit their website.