Dave Ingham (no relation to the food brand!) is the resident henkeeping expert on radio 702 Weekends with Simon Marnie and runs Rentachook, selling chickens coops and offering try-before-you-buy mini henhouses to Sydneysiders since 2001. Dave first got into henkeeping as an impoverished uni student, when he and his mates planted a mega vegie garden - chickens were a natural extension. With home brewed beer, plentiful free veg and eggs, those students ate far better than their penury would otherwise have allowed. Some years, many chooks and a few houses later, Dave was invited to speak at a sustainability project about what he'd done to make his house more environmentally friendly. He was waxing lyrical about the benefits of keeping chickens and, on a whim, offered to lend an old coop and couple of hens to one of the group to try out. A no-commitment trial of chooks. Go on, give it a go! Somebody coined the term Dave's Rentachook and it went from there. Since establishing Rentachook in 2001, Dave has seen henkeeping go from a hippie pursuit to something very common and entirely mainstream.
He has just released his first book, Backyard Chickens: How to Keep Happy Hens, to help us all navigate the ins and outs of keeping chooks.