The Belgian authorities have started an own-a-chicken scheme that has seen the small European country go ever so slightly crazy for hens. It seems that there has been, over the space of a year, a three hundred percent rise in people keeping chickens over there. Thanks to a clever marketing campaign which means people can buy a live hen almost as cheaply as a dead one many people are now opting to keep hens in their gardens.
As well as giving you something to look at out of the window it seems that hens can also reduce your organic waste by up to a third - by eating it. With the price so cheap, here at AiS we are wondering whether or not people are buying up the chickens simply to wring their necks and stick them in the oven. Well, it seems that random checks do not confirm this and that most of the chickens sold on the cheap by the authorities are still clucking happy - and as well they clucking should be, we say!