Admittedly this is not strictly for children and I have wanted one of these for a long time. The Omlet Chicken house http://www.omlet.co.uk/products_services/ is a great feature to include in the right style of garden. They claim to be fox proof and with their wide range of colours and funky designs they are as much a design feature as a practical solution for keeping choooks!
Children will love conducting a real life egg hunt and keeping chickens will help to teach children where food comes from and how to care for a living creature. Omlet offer lots of practical advice and will supply you a complete package, including two chickens, for as little as £370.
Great for both country and town gardens – I myself am just waiting until we move to the right garden and I will welcome these feathered friends into our lives. Omlet state:
‘We designed the Eglu Classic for the town garden, the first time chicken owner, the family and the eco-savvy individual. We wanted it to be as easy as looking after a goldfish but more rewarding than owning a dog (you get eggs with chickens!). Keeping a couple of chickens in your garden doesn’t require a large investment of money or time, but you do get fantastic tasting eggs and a good feeling inside.
Omlet only supplies organically reared female chickens so there isn’t an early morning Cock-a-Doodle-Doo. The first your neighbours will know of your new pet is when you invite them round for a quiche and tell them proudly that you made it with your own home-grown eggs!’