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    Fox threat growing

    YOUR beloved chooks have more chances to die from fox attack than any illness, especially in the suburbs where there is no bounty on these predators. Be warned,  early spring is a time when they are on the prowl. Here is a story that illustrates the cunning and power of a fox.  A man keeping a two-month-old buff pekin pullet in a big cage undercover on their back veranda, near the backdoor and separate from the small backyard flock. The cage is used as a dog transport cage and sometimes requires two people to lift it. So you can imagine the dismay and surprise when waking up in the morning…

  • Raising Poultry

    Who’s looking after your chooks?

    WHO’S going to look after your chooks this Christma holidays? If you haven’t given serious  thought to this question nor have anyone in mind to care for our feathered friends while you’re away, then you might as well kill them right now yourself to make into your Christmas roast. Better you do it because it’s highly likely that either a fox, a wandering dog or dehydration will claim your birds  if  the chooks are left to their own devices for an extended period of time – by that I mean more than a weekend. Backyard chickens aren’t the most demanding creatures but they do require a reasonable level of care…

  • Egg-eater
    About Chicken

    Egg-eating

    AT some stage you may have to deal with the problem of chooks becoming egg eaters. Whether it is out of boredom or because they are hungry and don’t have enough feed or need extra calcium, it is a problem that has to be dealt with quickly before others in the flock catch on. One of the best ways to reduce the potential for egg eating is to collect eggs from the nest box as often as you can, at least twice a day if possible. Eggs that are left in the nest box stand more chance of being accidentally broken by another bird; it will be then be eaten…

  • Raising Poultry

    Grow and Incubate your Own

    ONE of the most affordable and most rewarding ways to raise chickens is from chicks, incubated in your own home. But while there are bunch of joys in this process, there are also many aspects to be taken care of. What if the batch of eggs you hatch are mainly males – soon to become cockerels? And how do you prevent the high mortality rate that may accompany raising chicks? Fertile chicken eggs hatch after 21 days of incubation. This can either be done the organic and natural way – with a broody hen faithfully sitting on a clutch of eggs, keeping them warm and rotating them at least three…