• 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…

  • 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…