Category Archives: Chickens

Canny Scot, Christchurch.

Instead of expensive sprays to protect your brassicas try potting up mint and placing the pots in and around your young plants. The cabbage white butterflies do not seem to like mint at all and stay away. Just don’t plant the mint in your garden direct or it will take over.

ME, Auckland.

Buy fresh or frozen whole chickens on special and cut it up yourself.  It is so easy, and you get 2 full chicken breasts, 2 thighs, 2 wings, 2 drumsticks and a carcass for chicken stew and dumplings. Cooking for one, a chicken can last me up to two weeks. I also get 3 servings […]


Here’s a fantastic recipe that my mum used to make. It’s cheap, quick and delicious and is now a family favourite in my home. This recipe also freezes really well, so you can make it in advance or freeze the leftovers. Ingredients: Chicken legs and/or thighs Large tin of tomato soup Large carrot, sliced 10 […]

K.W.,Waitakere City.

Quick chicken recipe. Set oven to 180 degs C. 1 chicken or chicken pieces 1 cup of strained tea, from teapot 1 – 2 tablespoons soy sauce 1 -2 tablespoons honey. Cut chicken into portions. Mix tea, honey and soy sauce. Pour over chicken in a casserole dish and bake till cooked. Wash your potatoes, […]

Joanne, Kaitaia.

I have a tip that may make people a little queezy. I collect dead possums and rabbits from the roadside and place them on a wire rack (a fair distance away from my house!). I put a large bucket underneath to collect the maggots as they drop off the carcass. I then feed them to […]

Erina, Christchurch.

Keep Quail.  They are gorgeous little birds and you can sell the eggs to your Chinese friends and neighbours or to Chinese restaurants. Or alternatively swap them for hen’s eggs or other goods.” – Now there’s a good idea and makes a change from chickens [Oily Rag Ed’]

Sandee Bee, Auckland.

One chicken has many creative uses. Firstly cooked chicken makes a superb roast, any meat left over etc is great cold for sandwiches the next day. Then use the carcass to make chicken stock. Add 6 cups of water, 2 leeks, 2 carrots, 1 bay leaf, peppercorns, celery, fresh chopped thyme and parsley, bring boil, […]

Happy chooks

A few weeks back we went to the annual poultry and pigeon show put on by our local breeders association. A queue of eager patrons extended well into the car park, and when the doors opened there was a rush towards the For Sale section (like retail shoppers rushing for bargains – but without the […]