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    The Outside Cold

    WITH some overnight temperatures dipping below -5C in areas in Australia, a perfect time think of your animals outside and in particular your beloved chooks on those cold, wet and windy nights. Chooks’  feathers are a very efficient insulating system but draughts can cut right through them, and can eventually lead to illness and a decrease in egg production. Cold draughts  force the birds to use up their calories on keeping warm rather laying eggs if the hen house is poorly designed. Also, give some thought to how you can position your hen house: an east-north facing hen house is ideal in southeast Australia. It receives the warming winter sun…

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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…