Australians love our chooks. They’re the nation’s fourth most popular pet, after all! And while we’ve been cooped up during COVID, there has been a boom in backyard chickens not seen since the 1950s.
In this edition, resident chicken eggspert Fiona Scott-Norman speaks to fellow chicken owners who discover a movement that’s both sustainable and soul-affirming.
Shane has been a guest speaker with The Big Issue Classroom since 2011. He has spoken to many schools across Melbourne and Victoria, and enjoys sharing his story with others.
“When I first started I was really shy and found it really difficult to talk to big groups. Talking to students and selling the magazine has brought me out of my shell.
“I’ve now got a lot more confidence. I’m not as isolated anymore. I can now talk to people more easily, and know more people in the community.
“I enjoy this more than any other job I’ve had. The interaction with students is amazing. I love to see their reactions when they learn about homelessness. Kids come up to me weeks or months later and ask how I’m going – I can see the message is getting through.”