So what are the benefits of keeping Poultry?
Eggs are a high protein, nutritious food with very little waste. When properly managed 10 hens may produce:
2000 eggs/year = 40 eggs /week = 2kg of eggs.
As a bonus, they generate more than 100kg per year of good quality organic fertiliser!
Other advantages include:
- the satisfaction of producing something for yourself,
- independence/self sufficiency,
- fresh eggs every day,
- recycling of household scraps – poultry are good scavengers,
- poultry can enrich your life with their beauty and behaviour,
- children enjoy observing and feeding hens and collecting eggs.
Where do I start?
The DPI of NSW recommends obtaining vaccinated started pullets between 16-18 weeks of age. Started pullets are a higher initial cost, but it is simpler and easier tha
n rearing your own chickens. May be cheaper in the long run as birds should have already been vaccinated and will be fully feathered.
For high egg production or growth rate ask for commercial strains of layer or meat chicken. Replacement pullets may be susceptible to diseases new to them that may be existing in the new pen. Watch them carefully and seek veterinary advice if necessary. This may especially be the case if pullets were raised off the ground – for example, on wire or slatted floors.
When do they Lay?
Normally hens come into lay at 18-22 weeks of age. They lay for 12-14 months, moult and rest for two months – in autumn-winter – and then lay again for another 10-12 months before going into another moult, and so on.
Ask our friendly team about Vaccinated Starter Pullets today.
© Coffs Harbour Produce. All Rights reserved, no part of this article is to be reproduced without consent.Inforamtion souced from NSW DPI – http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/125690/poultry-keeping-on-a-small-scale.pdf