Chooks, ducks & other poultry

Backyard chooks are common in The Grove. 20% of Australia's chicken population is now in backyards. We're not allowed to have roosters, but most backyards can have up to 6 chooks.


More eggs than you can use? Log on to Transition The Grove and find someone to share them with on the Food Forum.


City Chicks at The Gap is a small business selling chooks for backyards, and all the feed, coops and accessories to go with them.   3300 6801


Some locals are keeping Japanese quail as a way of getting a steady supply of small eggs, and manure to fertilise the garden. These can be bred because the little males do not crow. Eggs need incubating, but hatch in 17 days and the young birds mature in 6 weeks. Some restaurants have quail on the menu. They are easy to keep and can live in a small space, needing turkey starter crumble to eat.


Ducks can be kept in backyards, and some locals have waist-high duck runs along their back fence, with an old bathtub for them to swim in, and slatted boards as a walking platform for the manure to wash through down onto the garden. Ducks relate well at face-to-face level, but are threatened by 'predators' from above. Muscovy drakes don't make noise so breeding pairs can be kept to get fertile eggs for hatching. These are a large duck, good for eating, and the eggs are also great for cooking.



Log on to Transition The Grove to chat with other locals about keeping chooks and how to set them up in your backyard?  Help each other out with feeding chooks if you go away. What do you feed your poultry? Where do you obtain your poultry feed? What are the local supplies? Discuss local Council rules about keeping chooks in your backyard.

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