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🦷 Does my chicken have teeth? 🦷

Okay, first of all - NO! Chickens do not have teeth. They eat with the beak. This is the perfect tool for pecking feed in crumble or pellet form, small grains, grass or insects - sometimes a mouse! Their mouth contains glands that secrete saliva, which wets the feed...

🥚🥚Eggy Issues🥚🥚

Something I often get asked about is egg-shells. Why are the shells soft? Why are they lumpy? There can be many variations of a chicken egg! Here are some of the more common egg shell variants and their meanings. 1. Bloody Eggs More often than not, bloody eggs arise...

Our top 10 fun chicken facts

1. Chickens are the closest living relative of the T-Rex! 2. Chickens are real sleeping beauties. They experience rapid eye movement sleep (REM). This means they dream just like we do. 3. Chickens are omnivores. They will eat seeds and insects, but also larger prey...

Homemade Chicken Electrolytes

Well, summer is truly upon us. Like an athlete will drink Powerade after a race, sometimes chickens need a little boost and rebalancing. Electrolytes replace sodium, potassium and minerals in the body lost due to stress, overheating or dehydration; they also rehydrate...

🌞Summers coming, your chooks can get dehydrated too…

Summer is coming. Whilst this is a great time of year for us, full of fun and festivities, this can be a tough season for your backyard flock. We are so lucky in Australia, having beautiful long summers days, but anything over 30 degrees celsius can cause heat stress...

🦟 Small insects – BIG PROBLEM 🦟

🦟 Mites and Lice 🦟 Small insects – BIG problem. Mites and Lice are external parasites that like to live on your backyard chickens. Either parasite will drain your chooks of vitamins and minerals, leading to a variety of deficiencies and worst case, death. I recommend...

🧄🧄Garlic, Garlic, Garlic 🧄🧄

Garlic has long been touted to ward off a whole list of poultry ailments including respiratory problems, infection, and as a general support to the immune system. At The Good Life Backyard, we use it in our health bars, and natural blends. But, what does garlic really...

🐔🐜🐜 Scaly Leg Mites🐔🐜🐜

Scaly Leg mites are brought to your flock from wild birds, and rodents, then onto your chickens scales on their feet. Here, the mites feed and also leave droppings. These are generally too small to be seen with the naked eye, but will make your chickens legs appear...

Coccidiosis….say what?

Have you heard of Coccidiosis? Unfortunately, it is the most common chicken disease, and fatal if untreated. It is primarily seen in chicks, and young chickens, but can also affect the older in the flock if they are sick or suffering malnutrition. Generally, an active...

Worms – not the good ones…….

Unfortunately worms are part and parcel of chicken ownership. Simply, chickens catch worms from something they have eaten. Whether that be infested droppings from another chook or bird, or an insect carrying eggs. Prevention is definitely easier than cure, worms zap...
🦷 Does my chicken have teeth? 🦷

🦷 Does my chicken have teeth? 🦷

Okay, first of all - NO! Chickens do not have teeth. They eat with the beak. This is the perfect tool for pecking feed in crumble or pellet form, small grains, grass or insects - sometimes a mouse! Their mouth contains glands that secrete saliva, which wets the feed...

🥚🥚Eggy Issues🥚🥚

🥚🥚Eggy Issues🥚🥚

Something I often get asked about is egg-shells. Why are the shells soft? Why are they lumpy? There can be many variations of a chicken egg! Here are some of the more common egg shell variants and their meanings. 1. Bloody Eggs More often than not, bloody eggs arise...

Our top 10 fun chicken facts

Our top 10 fun chicken facts

1. Chickens are the closest living relative of the T-Rex! 2. Chickens are real sleeping beauties. They experience rapid eye movement sleep (REM). This means they dream just like we do. 3. Chickens are omnivores. They will eat seeds and insects, but also larger prey...

Homemade Chicken Electrolytes

Homemade Chicken Electrolytes

Well, summer is truly upon us. Like an athlete will drink Powerade after a race, sometimes chickens need a little boost and rebalancing. Electrolytes replace sodium, potassium and minerals in the body lost due to stress, overheating or dehydration; they also rehydrate...

🦟 Small insects – BIG PROBLEM 🦟

🦟 Small insects – BIG PROBLEM 🦟

🦟 Mites and Lice 🦟 Small insects – BIG problem. Mites and Lice are external parasites that like to live on your backyard chickens. Either parasite will drain your chooks of vitamins and minerals, leading to a variety of deficiencies and worst case, death. I recommend...