I'm doing a design for a backpackers here in Walpole (very south of WA) and they're after some advice on chooks.
THey want a breed that will lay well, not necessarily to eat the meat. It'd be great to have a breed that's on the friendly side, as they've got a wee baby and there's often kids staying here.
I found a "chook calculator" which recommended amongst others Silkie Bantams, any other advice out there?
The chooks will have a decent size strawyard (4m x 6m) and a cosy hen house. The owners would like to have around 6 chickens, don't really want a rooster due to the noise possibly upsetting the guests.
As for climate: it's kind of rainy but never too cold or hot. Summers are dryish (for about 2 months) and winters can be pretty stormy. Temperatures: rarely below 5 degrees and rarely above 35 degrees.
All advice appreciated.