Category Archive for: CHICKENS

A few tips on how to keep rats and mice out of your chook house.

As soon as the temperatures start to drop in Autumn and during the cold months, especially if there is rain as well, I will often find evidence of mice in my chicken house. Totally understandable from their perspective, it is warm and dry, safe from predators and there is a constant food supply. Rodents are a…

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Chooks and Dust Bathing.

Why you must provide a dust bath for your girls. If chooks are let run free they will always find a nice patch of dry soil and dig out a small hollow and immerse themselves in the dust until they are completely coated. Why do they do this? Firstly, it is their natural way of…

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Keeping your chicken dry in severe rain events.

If you live just about anywhere down the east coast of Australia,you would have experienced extreme rainfall last week. Here in the Southern Highlands we received over 600mm in 48 hrs, that is approximately 24 inches in the old scale. (I know it has been 40+ years since metric came in but I still think…

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Building a chook house door mat to ensure clean eggs.

I do not free range my chooks as they wreak havoc in the veggie garden. To compensate I have them in a 20m x 3m run with trees and forage plants and I feed them lots of greens, bugs and caterpillars from the garden to supplement their grain and pellet diet. The drawback with this…

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Having a happy, healthy flock of backyard chooks – Preventative Backyard Chook care.

I generally have very few problems with my flock and I think this is because I always try to prevent any problems arising. So I thought I would share with you some of the things I do. General good practice for backyard chook keeping • Always purchase healthy, good quality stock from a reparable breeder…

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Maintaining your backyard chicken’s housing.

I am a great believer that prevention is better than trying to remedy something once it has happened. This is very true for maintaining the health of a backyard chicken flock. So to prevent infestations of lice and mite, the build-up of deep litter that can become very smelly and to generally keep your chooks…

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How to keep Chickens laying in Autumn and Winter

Maintaining egg production during autumn and winter I love to eat fresh organic eggs, but even the best quality commercial product cannot compare to home produced eggs. I have been very disappointed over the years when my flock has gone into moult and I have had no eggs and had to buy them. As a…

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