Nicole Richie has persuaded Joel Madden to let her keep chickens.

The 32-year-old fashion designer wants to encourager her children Harlow, six, and Sparrow, four, to eat organic foods, so she's bought the feathered bird to produce eggs.

Speaking to Us Magazine, she said: ''I just convinced my husband to let me get chickens so we're getting hens. They're coming in a few weeks, actually.''

The purple-haired beauty has also turned her back garden into a vegetable patch to ensure that her family are consuming home-grown raw foods.

She explained: ''I just started growing our own garden. I'm home a lot and we're growing our own fruits and vegetables.There's so many things in food right now and it's important for people to know and be educated on whatever they're putting into their body.''

However, it's not just Nicole's determination to eat healthily that is impressive as her choice of outfit while doing the gardening couldn't be more fitting.

She said: ''I love wearing my little vintage peasant dresses, but I garden in the morning and I'm really cold in the morning. I end up with a North Face [jacket], my husband's baseball cap, colourful sweatpants that I slept in the night before, and leopard slippers.''