I’m not allowed to have chickens. Nope. Not one. I’m more than a little disappointed about this because of the picture perfect scene in my head; you know the one where your children run up to your back door each day with freshly laid eggs in a cane basket.
I still want chickens, but luckily, I have the second best thing or perhaps the best thing given such advantages. A worm farm, I have the Tumbleweed Can-O-Worms worm farm, is much like having chickens. I give them scraps and they produce something useful for me.
Here are some things to consider when providing an interactive animal activity at home. I’ve added my score below.
Chickens need a bit of space, especially if you’re someone like me who would want a decent place for my chickens to roam – free range chickens are all the rage! Worm farms don’t need much space at all; in fact you can even have one out on your patio if you live in a unit.
Worm farm 1, chickens 0
Compatibility with other Pets
I’m embarrassed to write this but we can’t have chickens because we have a naughty dog that’s a chicken-killer; a story for another time. Worms, living in a worm farm, mix well with any other animal you may decide to keep as a pet.
Warm farm 2, chickens 0
Good for Gardens
Here we have an even playing field. Both worms and chickens can be good for gardens. Chickens aerate the soil, provide fertiliser with their chicken droppings and reduce the amount of bugs and creepy crawlies around the yard. However, there are varieties of chickens that will also rip up your garden, so it’s important to keep that in mind.
Worms make your garden flourish with never-ending worm fertiliser and you can add the rich worm castings from Tumbleweed Can-O-Worms bottom level to your garden beds. One point for each.
Worm farm 3, chickens 1
Chickens require a fair bit of maintenance. They need to have their enclosure cleaned out regularly, extra feed, vet trips and enclosure maintenance. On the other hand, worm farms, after the initial set up, only require your scraps two/three days a week and you’re done.
Worm farm 4, chickens 1
Level of Interaction for Children
Okay, so this is important to me and I need to be honest, but chickens are something my children and I would much prefer to touch and pat than worms. You can get hands-on with worms too, if you like the gooey, sticky, slippery feeling they create in your hand. Miss Possum didn’t mind – as you can see. I’ll give chickens two points and worms one.
Worms farm 5, chickens 3
Eggs for eating
The chickens win this one. There is something more enticing about eating omelettes and egg pie than spreading worm excrement around my garden. Plus, I was kind of feeling sorry for the chickens.
Worm farm 5, chickens 4
Chickens need to be checked and fed every couple of days but if you go on holidays for three to four week periods, just overload the worm farm with a good supply of scraps and leave ‘em to it.
Worm farm 6, chickens 4
Both pets can smell if not cared for properly but generally chickens smell more than a worm farm. The only smell associated with a Tumbleweed Can-O-Worms worm farm is a pleasant rainforest odour. I can vouch for that. Mine doesn’t stink at all!
Worm farm 7, Chickens 4
There you have it! In a battle between dirt and feathers, in most of the important questions, the worms won hands-down. I love my worm farm and it’s great for our circumstances but the best part of all is you really can’t go wrong with either option. Both provide a daily animal interaction for your children without leaving home. Why not do both!
*This is not a sponsored post. I didn’t receive any compensation or product for this post. Tumbleweed did however donate one to give away to my reader. That competition has since ended.