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Published June 28th 2014
Eggs on legs take flight in Brisbane backyards
Salmon Faverolles. City Chicks image.
There's a backyard revolution taking place in Brisbane and it's fuelled by an army of eggs on legs. From fluffy back Australorps to frizzled bantams, flocks of fowl are flexing their muscle and pecking their way into homeowners' hearts.
Leading the charge is Ingrid Dimock of City Chicks. This Anstead-based business started out selling and renting chooks of all descriptions, but now supplies a range of other birds (including quail, turkey and ducks), fertilised eggs, coops, feed and egg incubators. Through offshoot businesses, she also offers related back-to-basics products including native stingless beehives, mushroom kits and cheese-making supplies.
And in some great news for those who like to ponder their purchasing decisions: City Chicks has also just opened the new Hen House Cafe which operates daily from 9am to midday. Dimock says the Hen House Cafe allows kids to play in the 'cuddle area' with a sandpit, duckings and chickens, while the grown-ups can enjoy a coffee, tea or snack. Visitors can then select from a range of quality chickens bred onsite, ranging from heritage to hybrid breeds.
Frizzle bantams. City Chicks image.
It's an approach that's all in line with the sustainable lifestyle principles Brisbane City Council is promoting with free workshops and other incentives. And who could resist the deliciousness of freshly-laid eggs - or the opportunity to reap benefits such as easy-peasy pest control and free fertiliser?
But many homeowners are looking beyond the practical to the emotional benefits of chook ownership. To cater for those who consider their feathered friends part of the family, City Chicks even sells chicken nappies and leads.
The City Chicks empire has spread across Australia through franchises now operating in Sydney and Melbourne.