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Suburban Chooks is an online information site and poultry equipment and supply store, born out of our love all things chicken since 2007. In 2009, the love grew to registering Suburban Chooks as a small, family run business which is now operated from Cranbourne, in the South-eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Chicken keeping is not a fad but a passion that grows amongst the community for a variety of reasons; growing awareness of inhumane conditions in commercial setups, the need for the freshest eggs from your own backyard or a new type of family pet which will truly capture your heart.
For eight years we proudly bred, incubated and sold hundreds of chickens every year to Melbourne Backyard Chicken Keepers, giving us a great knowledge base for a lot of the information you will find on our website. Our Information Centre on the top of the page has over sixty commonly asked questions that are asked at the beginning of your chicken keeping journey, including ‘How much room do I need?’ to ‘What food scraps can I feed my girls?’ and ‘What breed best suits my family?’.
We are proud suppliers of Brinsea EcoGlow brooders and their fantastic incubators, ChickenGuard Automatic Chicken Coop Door Openers, Dine-a-chook feeders and waterers, and also stock a great range of poultry health supplies. Our full range of products is available for purchase using our secure checkout facility (including Afterpay and Zippay – woo hoo!) and we ship Australia-wide. We are especially proud of our fast dispatch time so you get your goodies as soon as possible.
You can spend hours searching the internet for the answers to your initial questions on chicken keeping, or you can find them here! This is where we have collated general chicken keeping information and some basic information on terminology and what they mean in the backyard setting. More specific information are kept in different categories…
Generally speaking, chickens are categorised into two size groups: Standard (‘normal’ or ‘large’) and bantam (smaller). Bantam chickens can be ½ to 1/3 the size of standard chickens. We make no specific ‘across the board’ recommendation as to whether chicken keepers in general should have only bantams or standards in your backyard. There are a lot of factors which influence your chosen breed(s) including egg size preference, backyard size or whether you are experienced in keeping chickens.
For eight years we proudly bred, incubated and sold hundreds of chickens every year to Melbourne Backyard Chicken Keepers, giving us a great knowledge base for a lot of the information you will find on our site. Our Information Centre on the top of the page has over sixty commonly asked questions that are asked at the beginning of your chicken keeping journey, including ‘How much room do I need?’ to ‘What food scraps can I feed my girls?’ and ‘What breed best suits my family?’.
ISA Browns are an incredibly popular chicken choice, and that is mainly because they are the producers of the big brown eggs that you buy on supermarket shelves. Although they have an excellent reputation for egg laying, 95% will meet this reputation, 4% will be mediocre layers and 1% complete dud layers. We are referring to an animal with has natural variances, not a machine (which honestly, I think some people forget sometimes… LOL)
Feeding your chickens the correct types/stages of food is important to provide them with a balanced diet, and is easiest given in commercially sold forms (pellet, mixed grain or both). It is always a good idea to ask the seller what kind/brand of food the birds have been eating, so you can continue to feed them the same type. Introduce new foods to old food gradually, over a few days as some chickens can get sick with sudden diet changes.
With the increase in popularity of chicken keeping, more and more people are buying fertile eggs to pop under a broody hen in their backyard or for hatching out in an incubator. After some research people quickly discover that some breeds and bloodlines aren’t readily accessible. They then work out that they can purchase fertile eggs and have them transported using Australia Post. This is all true, but there are risks involved. Unfortunately many don’t learn of the risks until the experience is complete.