May 23, 2017

Top 5 Best Chooks for Kids

Guest Post written by Sarah-Jayne McCreath from Backyard Chicken Coops.

Chickens make the best pets for your growing children. A flock of chooks provide love, a sense of responsibility and teach our kids the importance of compassion and care. They are super cute and affectionate and make great backyard pals for toddlers to teenagers and all in between. If you want your kids to have the best when it comes to pets – check out our top 5 breeds to choose for your kids below and get cluckin’ on that family flock!

 

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These heavy-set, fluffy and cuddly ladies are super friendly pets for kids. Their docile and curious natures make them the perfect backyard companion – happy to follow your kids around and assist on their garden adventures.  For the grown-ups, Orpington ladies will make an “eggs-traordinary” addition to any chicken lovers flock, giving you good sized eggs on a regular basis.

 

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Pekins are docile and gentle-natured girls who are cute to boot! Their small stature makes them an adorable and easily handled pet for small children. Not to mention their beautiful full plumage which will delight young and old as they busily forage around the backyard.

 

 

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The humble ISA Brown chook may be a common sight amongst farms and backyards, but that doesn’t mean they exist to lay eggs alone! These amber-hued girls make wonderfully affectionate pets for children with their calm temperaments and curious outlook on life. Give an ISA Brown chicken a good home and some space to forage and you will have a friendly and faithful backyard companion to keep you and your kids company for years to come – not to mention a great supply of delicious eggs!

 

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These cute and quirky girls love nothing more than being tucked under your arm for a little bit of TLC. Silkie chickens are the very definition of all things cute and gentle. Easy to handle and easy to love, these girls are a great addition to any backyard flock and make calm and compliant pets for young chicken keepers who are learning to look after some laying ladies.

 

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These laid back chooks make for chilled and cuddly pets for kids! The Plymouth Rock chicken will let them practice their hen holding skills, is very relaxed about being showered with kid kisses and isn’t fazed by the missteps in proper hen handling procedure that kids will inevitably take.

 

If you are ready to take the plunge and get your kids some feathered friends for the backyard, it’s important to supervise them on initial interactions to make sure both your chook and your child get along well. While most breeds are true to temperament, each chook is an independent woman and may go against the grain! Once a relationship is established, your kids will adore keeping their chook charges well fed and loved up for many years to come!

 

Check out the Complete Beginner’s Guide to Keeping Chickens at Backyard Chicken Coops and enter their competition here drawn May 1st to win a Taj Mahal Chicken Coop and Starter Kit to start living the chook dream!

Garden Time Review and Giveaway – Can Gardening Get Any Easier?

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Indoor Herb Garden ready to use

Garden Time is an automated grow system that makes indoor gardening super easy and we’ve got 4 kits to give away!

When we were contacted by Garden Time to ask if we would like to do a review of their product, I’ll be honest, I thought it would be some new fangled gadget, BUT I was pleasantly surprised. [Read more…]

Winter Vegie Growing Competition

Winter vegie growing challenge

Yates and Junior Landcare have teamed up again to offer children, families, schools and community groups some fabulous prizes just by growing their own winter vegies and sharing their story.

Yates will be providing free seeds and Gardening 4 Kids stocks plenty of child friendly garden tools, equipment and gloves to help you on your way with the challenge.  And this year, our very own Erica Lovel will be on the judging panel.

Gardening 4 Kids will be offering tips and advice throughout the Challenge via our Facebook and Twitter pages. We will share our successes and our failures! [Read more…]

National Water Week 2014

Bottle Top Waterer

Bottle Top Waterer

National Water Week 2014 Free Bottle Top Waterer.

Growing up, water was seen as an endless resource. We played under the sprinkler for hours, hosed down our drive ways and dual flush toilets were unheard of. I can still remember my father’s disgust at the introduction of water usage charges, that’s right, it used to be free!

Nowadays, things are very different. We have come to our senses and realised that water is a very valuable resource and we all have to be sensible with its use.  Many households have water tanks and grey water systems. My husband plumbed our shower so the water goes straight out on to our garden; the plants that receive this shower water are some of the healthiest in my garden.

This week, 19-25 October, is National Water Week, an event that has been running since 1993. The aim of National Water Week is to inspire individuals, communities and organisations to work together to raise awareness and understanding around water issues. This year’s theme is “Water Sources: There are more than you think”.  [Read more…]