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🦟 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...

πŸ§„πŸ§„Garlic, Garlic, Garlic πŸ§„πŸ§„

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...

πŸ”πŸœπŸœ Scaly Leg MitesπŸ”πŸœπŸœ

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...

What on earth is a dust bath?

If you are new to chicken keeping, don't be alarmed to see your chooks rolling around like crazy in the dirt! It can look hilarious, but also a bit strange! Rest assured this is a completely natural chicken behaviour. And quite literally, is a chicken 'taking a bath'!...

Nesting Box Tips

This week I discovered a clutch of eggs BEHIND the nesting boxes. You may have seen my post about it on our Facebook Page. Have you joined us on fb? If not you can here: https://www.facebook.com/thegoodlifebackyard/ I get lots of questions around nesting, whether it...

Setting up a brooder box

It looks like its chick season! Lets investigate how to set-up a brooder box. My son breeds two breeds of chickens - Pekins and Polish. At this time of year we have a lot of babies around the house! I have a lot of people inquiring after brooder set-ups so I thought I...

How to feed your eggshells back to your chooks

Photo by Anna Shvets on Pexels.com 1. Just before you crack your eggs, give them a quick clean to remove any dried poo or nesting materials. 2. As you use your eggs, keep the shells in a tub or old icecream container. You can crush them a little to save space. 3. Once...

Natural Home Pest Control

Stay Organic and Toxin-Free in the home too! Mosquito *Homemade Fly Traps These easy to make at home paper strips are amazing at trapping all types of flying bugs and will always be preferable to toxic sprays and/or lamps. The paper is easily changeable if it becomes...
🦟 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...

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...

What on earth is a dust bath?

If you are new to chicken keeping, don't be alarmed to see your chooks rolling around like crazy in the dirt! It can look hilarious, but also a bit strange! Rest assured this is a completely natural chicken behaviour. And quite literally, is a chicken 'taking a bath'!...