Chooks and chicks do best on a diet rich in greens, bugs and dirt in which they scratch about. However producing an egg takes a protein-rich diet so most chook owners use supplementary pellets. Chicks also need special chick crumbles. They’ll all enjoy some extra wheat or maize for which to scratch in the grass. In Wellington your best options are Sharpe’s Grain and Seeds in High Street Lower Hutt, PGG Wrightson’s Rural Supplies in Auty Street Porirua or the lovely people at Wellington Feed and Saddlery at 60 Rifle Range Road, Ohariu Valley will deliver to you. They also stock the indispensable genuine Gubba trugs – don’t fall for the cheaper imitations as they’ll crack in the sunshine.