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Raising chickens

Keeping chickens is a rewarding experience for the whole family and also teaches children about the responsibilities of keeping pets.

On average, each chicken can produce 200 eggs per year. Chickens can eat food scraps from your kitchen and turn those scraps into fresh eggs and savings on chicken feed.

Ready-made chicken pens can be bought or you can build a pen using recycled and reclaimed materials. A pen should consist of a roosting and nesting quarters and an outdoor run where chickens can get plenty of exercise and sun while they scratch and bathe in the soil.


  • Make sure the chicken pen is well protected from the elements and well ventilated.
  • Ensure the chooks are protected from feral and domestic predators, such as dogs, cats and foxes.
  • Clean the pen once a week. Old bedding materials and waste from the pen can be added to the compost.

If you are unsure whether chickens are the right pet for you, try before you buy with a trial from a chicken rental company. They can supply everything needed to start out.

As with all structures, your chicken pen may require planning approval. To confirm if this is the case, you should contact our planning department using on (03) 9599 4666.