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Egg-cellent backyard chicken talk

By Madeleine Caccianiga

It was a celebration of all things feathered at SPC KidsTown on Sunday for the Backyard Chicken Basics Workshop.

The workshop presented an information session from ‘Good Lookin Googees’, Dookie coving the benefits of keeping chickens, breeds, housing, feed and water requirements and council regulations.

Greater Shepparton City Council economic development project officer Sarah Hardwick said the workshop was a first for the Sustainability Working Group.

‘‘As a group within council that work towards sustainability we have created a series of Sustainability Workshops and the Backyard Chicken Basics Workshop is the first of these,’’ Ms Hardwick said.

She said owning chickens could be a great way to kick start a sustainable lifestyle practice.

‘‘Quite often there are many benefits to having chickens in the backyard, not only for your soil, for the veggie garden, for the eggs and also the health benefit of having an interactive pet that’s not as demanding as a cat or dog,’’ Ms Hardwick said.

Jo Nelson from Good Lookin Googees was on hand to answer all questions about the featured animals.

Ms Hardwick said plans were in motion for a second workshop.

‘‘At the moment we are working with Cactus Country about a water sustainability in the backyard workshop; cacti are very resilient and hardy plants so currently we’re in a hundred-year drought so having cacti in the garden that you don’t have to water are sometimes more beneficial than standard plants that require a lot of water,’’ she said.