Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Flirting with the chicks - Sharing the surplus and Urban chickens, Sydney



My brother John's quality of life just keeps on climbing.

In December, he got bride. 
Today, he got a chicken.
In fact, Five chickens.
Five gorgeous girls, his for a whole fortnight.

You might have heard my story of meeting Steve Webb though my 'Chicken Sitter Available' classified.
My brothers garden is too shady to grow vegetables, but replicates almost exactly the South-east Asian forests that Jurassic chickens evolved in.
If you want to make anything healthy and happy, replicate its native environment.  A few minutes after Steve came with his cardboard box full of chooks, this is how they looked:

This garden is chook heaven.
And here is a useful tip for increasing the amount of happiness in your life: just make the creatures around you happy, and borrow theirs.
Its such a joy to watch these fluffy girls sail around the garden, hearing happy 'brrrook' every time they strike yet another tasty treat in the leafy ground.
Half the rent is suddenly redeemed, now that the Twilight Zone of the massive garden is being shared with new friends.

Steve had just bought the chooks and this 'Three bears' style house, for $100, second hand. 
Assembling it gave us a afternoon of being kids again, playing cubby house.
Over the next few weeks, Steve will be creating his own Urban Chicken Palace, and once its ready, we will give them back to him, and know if we really, really want chickens or not.


By the next afternoon, we had seven eggs. 

The plainest chook, the speckledy dusty one, had gone on an adventure. Jumping from tree to tree she went over the canal, and left her 4 companions wondering.
My brother trotted off down the street, calling out for her.  He found her in a distant neighbors garden canoodling happily. What are the chances she had landed in a house with the neighborhood's only rooster?
That's exactly what happened.
She came home to her friends eventually. Maybe the telling the elopement story to her cackling friends was more satisfying than the bloke himself.


Cecilia Macaulay said...

Does anybody know how I can make comments visible in Blogger? Its getting a bit lonely here, I'd love to hear from people xx Cecilia

Vaida said...

Hi Cecilia, thank you for your inspiring posts, I just love reading them:)

I've tried to write in a comment section, but there seem to be no such possibility. Anyway my question is about urban permaculture. I'm only just starting to learn about it and am already dreaming of transforming my parents' back garden. At the moment my impression is that in permaculture the garden should be used as a place to grow food, so esthetics isn't all that important. Is that correct? And what about trees, they aren't very useful but they are my favorite part of the garden. Can functionality and esthetics be combined in a permaculture garden?

Thank you!!!


Cecilia Macaulay said...

Vadia, I think you are onto something here. Decorative gardens that are there out of obligation, to impress the neighbours, are a drain on their owners, and better off not exisiting.
But Garden beauty that is loved by its owners, that draws people into their gardens, to notice and tend and eat from them, these gardens are priceless. They are the best kind of permaculture. They will spread to the mainstream, and change the world. I'm quite sure that you will make one. I will help you. xx