CC11poultry2.Buff Orpington fowl on display at a previous
Christchurch Poultry, Bantam and Pigeon Club show. The
club's annual show, to be held on June 27-28, is New
Zealand's longest running poultry show. Photo by Marina
Chooks are a good lifestyle choice, even if you live in
Christchurch Poultry Bantam and Pigeon Club member Marina
Steine says she has the best of both worlds, a city lifestyle
and she breeds chooks.
She keeps 20 hens on her Avonhead property and keeps chooks
on a lifestyle block on Banks Peninsula.
''I have some chooks in an enclosed area behind the garage,''
''The council has abolished the [maximum] number of chooks
you can keep in the city.
''An inspector came round recently and said two neglected
chooks can cause more damage than two dozen that are well
However, the number of crowing roosters you can keep remained
unchanged - zero.
''If one crows, he has a one-way trip to Banks Peninsula,''
Ms Steinke said. '
'Breeding chooks is becoming more widespread. I know of
people who can't breed, but they do exhibit their chooks.
''You can get fertile eggs and hatch and raise them yourself.
You just have to get rid of the roosters once they start
Ms Steine breeds Faverolles, Cochin and Orpington fowl and
Black Australorp bantams. Faverolles were rare in New
Zealand, but originated from the French village of
She said she visited her Banks Peninsula chooks once or twice
a week and they had self-operated feeders, ''high grass and
plenty of shelter belts, so they are in good condition''.
The club is New Zealand's oldest poultry club and a
sub-committee has been formed to begin planning for its 150th
anniversary celebrations in 2017, which will coincide with
the national poultry show being held in Christchurch for the
This year's show, later this month, has attracted Waikato
judge Chris Wuest, a noted Barnevelder fowl breeder, to judge
heavy breed poultry.
The Christchurch Poultry Bantam and Pigeon Club's 147th
annual show will be held at the Christchurch Table Tennis
Club Stadium on Blenheim Rd, on Friday and Saturday, June
The United Pigeon Fanciers Association holds its annual show
in conjunction with the Christchurch show.