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Flowers and plants suitable for chickens

Making sure your chickens are eating nutritiously is just as important as making sure we are eating nutritiously. Giving your flock access to highly nutritious chicken-friendly plants like herbs, veggies, and perennials can be an easy way for you to consume the...

ACV with garlic for chickens

Garlic & Apple Cider Vinegar is a natural antibiotic that is popular amongst poultry keepers. It is an all-around remedy and now even a stronger immunity booster. Backyard Poultry farmers use apple cider vinegar as a tonic for their flock that may lower the pH...

Can chickens eat corn?

Winter is the perfect time to add corn to your flocks diet. Cracked corn is an important part of a chicken's diet but should be consumed in moderation or as a treat. Because it is high in calories, corn is best for your flock in Autumn and Winter and helps keep the...

Can chickens eat pumpkin seeds?

Chickens go crazy for pumpkin, probably because it’s so good for them. Fresh, cooked or dried are all fine. The flesh of pumpkins is full of vitamins A, B, and C. It’s also packed with zinc and potassium. All of these are key nutrients that your birds need, and may...

How to preserve eggs – Water glassing

Have you ever tried preserving🥚 eggs? If your flock aren’t laying now, you’ll be wishing you had done this over Summer! Water glassing is a quick and easy method of preserving your fresh eggs for up to a year (or more!) using just water and pickling lime (calcium...

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...
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...

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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...

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How to save money on chicken feed

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...

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How to sex chickens

How to sex chickens

Whether you’ve hatched them yourself or acquired them from a breeder, your new chicks are sure to enrich your life. But how can you tell the gender of your new birds? Under normal conditions, a group of chicks generally hatch with 50-55 percent males and 50-45 percent...

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