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How to keep your chickens warm in winter

Winter is a tough time for your chooks. It’s now time to start preparing your flock for the cold blustery weather. They're often not able to forage in the same way they do at other times of the year, so the usual high protein bugs, worms, and frogs don't form part of...

How to feed chickens

Feeding your chickens a complete and balanced diet is essential to making sure they stay happy and healthy. Chickens are omnivores and will eat (or try to eat) just about anything they can get their beaks on. When free-ranging, chickens will find a smorgasbord of...

The Ultimate Guide to Building a Chicken Coop

If you're like me, you love fresh eggs. There's nothing better than the taste of a farm-fresh egg, and nothing is more frustrating than trying to buy them at the store. So when we decided to start raising chickens, building a chicken coop was at the top of our list....

What is bumblefoot and how do you treat it?

Bumblefoot is the term used to describe an infection on a chicken’s foot; it is referred to as “plantar pododermatitis” by medical professionals. Bumblefoot is characterised by swelling, sometimes redness, and often a black or brown scab on the bottom of the foot. ...

What roost is best for my chickens?

There are many questions when it comes to having a roost (perch) in your chicken coop-where should it be? How many do I need? Is it necessary? Firstly, yes, to provide your chickens with the basic fundamentals of a good home you MUST have a perch.  Chickens...

How to reduce mosquitoes in the chicken coop

Chickens are extremely vulnerable to biting insects. Although thick feathers provide some protection, fleshy combs and wattles are inviting blood-rich targets. Flies and mosquitoes also harbor diseases and bacteria, which can affect the health of your flock. During...

Going on holiday? What about your chickens?

Let's face it, this year (Covid) has meant holidays are few and far between. But, it's coming up Christmas, so hopefully, you will be having a break. Whether you're taking a short time away from your flock or a couple of weeks, with a little careful planning there are...

How to make an edible Chicken’s Christmas Garland

‘Tis the season to string popped corn and cranberries and hang them on the trees outside for a tasty treat for your chickens or wild birds. If you are looking for a fun way to add some holiday cheer to your chicken coop, try making an edible chicken treat...

How to recognise Fowl Pox in chickens

Fowl Pox is a very painful slow-developing viral infection affecting both chickens and turkeys. It is quite common throughout Australia, especially in summer, when flies and mosquitoes are everywhere. There are two types of fowl pox: wet and dry. A chicken can be...

How to save money on chicken feed

Backyard chickens need access to a balanced layer feed to ensure their good health and delicious, nutritious eggs. But there are ways to save money on chicken feed without compromising your flock's health. 1. Free range Probably the easiest (and least expensive) way...
How to keep your chickens warm in winter

How to keep your chickens warm in winter

Winter is a tough time for your chooks. It’s now time to start preparing your flock for the cold blustery weather. They're often not able to forage in the same way they do at other times of the year, so the usual high protein bugs, worms, and frogs don't form part of...

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How to feed chickens

How to feed chickens

Feeding your chickens a complete and balanced diet is essential to making sure they stay happy and healthy. Chickens are omnivores and will eat (or try to eat) just about anything they can get their beaks on. When free-ranging, chickens will find a smorgasbord of...

read more
What is bumblefoot and how do you treat it?

What is bumblefoot and how do you treat it?

Bumblefoot is the term used to describe an infection on a chicken’s foot; it is referred to as “plantar pododermatitis” by medical professionals. Bumblefoot is characterised by swelling, sometimes redness, and often a black or brown scab on the bottom of the foot. ...

read more
Going on holiday? What about your chickens?

Going on holiday? What about your chickens?

Let's face it, this year (Covid) has meant holidays are few and far between. But, it's coming up Christmas, so hopefully, you will be having a break. Whether you're taking a short time away from your flock or a couple of weeks, with a little careful planning there are...

read more
How to recognise Fowl Pox in chickens

How to recognise Fowl Pox in chickens

Fowl Pox is a very painful slow-developing viral infection affecting both chickens and turkeys. It is quite common throughout Australia, especially in summer, when flies and mosquitoes are everywhere. There are two types of fowl pox: wet and dry. A chicken can be...

read more