Household Chickens and Food waste Trial

Household Chickens and Food waste Trial
Chickens in backyard
To find out what impact keeping chickens could have on reducing food being sent to landfill, Council has partnered with City Chicks Sydney to roll out at a trial program. Household Chickens and Food waste Trial To find out what impact keeping chickens could have on reducing food being sent to landfill, Council has partnered with City Chicks Sydney to roll out at a trial program. Pets and Animals Pet registration; Resident

Chicken coop 

Expressions of Interest for this household trial are now closed. If  you have registered for the trial and are have been selected to participate, we will notify you on the contact details you provided. Thankyou.

Eggs-pression of Interest: CB City Household Chickens Trial

Food waste makes up half of the average red bin which goes to landfill. It is both a waste of resources and contributes to greenhouse gas emissions.

Council has partnered with City Chicks Sydney to roll out a trial program to assess the effectiveness of keeping chickens as a way to reduce food waste put in the red bin and sent to landfill.

We are seeking expressions of interest from a selected number of local residents to participate in the trial.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible to participate, your home must be in the Council area, have an enclosed yard, be owned by you or have the owner's approval to keep pets and not have any dogs.

Additionally, participants must agree to attend training, care for the chickens, weigh and record food waste, and share information, experiences and learnings with Council.

Please note, only a limited number of households will be selected for the trial. Registering your interest does not guarantee selection for the trial. 

Households will be assessed on the stated criteria, as well as overall levels of interest, and the number and variation of interested households.

Household Chickens starter kit

If you are selected, you will receive the following items to use for a maximum period of three months:

  • Two chickens;
  • A chicken coop for the chickens to live in including water and food dispensers;
  • Pellet and scratch mix;
  • A food caddy and compostable food liners to collect food scraps;
  • A data sheet to record the weight of collected food scraps; and
  • Hands-on assistance to set up the chicken coop and ongoing support from City Chicks Sydney and Council through on-site visits (where required).

After the trial

At the end of the three month trial, you can choose to:

  • Return the chickens and starter kit products at no cost; or
  • Purchase the chickens, coop and the starter kit supplies from City Chicks Sydney for $200 (a 50 per cent discount of the usual $400 fee).