Keeping Poultry

Poultry raising and egg production in Canterbury : pens of pullets at Fazackerley's poultry farm, Sockburn, Christchurch. [1926], CCL PhotoCD 5, IMG0007
Poultry raising and egg production in Canterbury : pens of pullets at Fazackerley's poultry farm, Sockburn, Christchurch. [1926], CCL PhotoCD 5, IMG0007
In Christchurch you can keep poultry (apart from noisy roosters) on your residential property. Whether you take in rescued battery hens or try out a fancy breed, keeping healthy, productive poultry can save you money — plus you’ll enjoy the great taste of home-grown eggs.

A few basics about keeping hens

Poultry breeder Heather Cole was a speaker at the Ellerslie International Flower Show 2010. She keeps and sells a “United Nations” of hen and duck breeds, and her advice to would-be poultry-keepers is down to earth and helpful:

  1. Understand the characteristics of different chicken breeds,
  2. The quality and quantity of feed is important if you want plenty of eggs.

Read our full interview with Heather.

Book cover of Hatching and brooding your own chicksWe recommend poultry resources

Our online resources

Browse the resources in our libraries

Our Internet Gateway recommends

Chickens by Design
Information about keeping hens in New Zealand backyards and lifestyle blocks. Describes a wide range of hen breeds.
New Zealand Rare Breeds
Promotes rare breeds. Has a directory of breeders of rare breeds of poultry.
Backyard Poultry
For backyard poultry keepers in Australia and New Zealand. Includes a discussion board.
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