Since [Molly the rooster moved out to the farm](http://green-change.com/2008/11/13/chicken-quest/), we’ve been wanting to get another chook or two for the chicken tractor.
Our three black silkies are just about to come into lay (I’ve been saying that for 3 weeks now!), but we thought it would be nice to get a ‘proper’ layer as well. We had decided on an [Australorp](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australorp), being an Australian-developed heritage breed. It’s good to support chicken diversity and keep the old breeds viable.
I’ve been scouring newspaper classifieds, searching the web, ringing poultry clubs, even asking at pet supply stores, and haven’t been able to find anyone with Australorps ready for sale. I’ll post an article soon on all the places I’ve found to get chickens for your backyard.
So we widened the search to other breeds and found a guy at Dapto selling a Cuckoo Leghorn, an interesting patterned variation of the Italian Leghorn breed. Leghorns are a medium-sized chook, and are very good layers. If you’re interested in buying from the same breeder, visit the [Backyard Poultry Notice Board](http://www.backyardpoultry.com/index.php?page=board.php) and search for ‘Gez’.
By the way, if you’re researching which breed of chicken to get start with [Wikipedia’s List Of Chicken Breeds](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_chicken_breeds) for good information on all of them.
Hannah and I called in on the way home from work this afternoon and picked her up. Hannah loved visiting the ‘farm’ and seeing the goats, sheep, ducks and horse. She chatted to our new chook all the way home in the car.
When we got home, we put our new lady in the chicken ark with the silkies. She made herself at home straight away, getting stuck into the feed and digging and scratching around in the garden scraps. She turned over more soil and scraps in the first half hour than the timid little silkies have moved in months!
Now we just have to all agree on a name for her!