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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 plan a chicken friendly garden

Backyard chickens enjoy spending most of their time in a garden. This is where they scratch the ground for worms, bugs, and small rodents. The garden also provides a safe haven away from the prying eyes of predators. At the same time, plants in the garden shield...

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...

Christmas Blown Egg Ornaments

Tip: It's much easier to blow out eggs if the eggs are at room temperature when you start.   What you will need 👇👇  Egg(s)Tape – such as packing tape, masking tape, or scotch tapeThumbtack, safety pin, and/or a skinny nailTwine, hemp, ribbons, or other...

Why do chickens need sunlight?

Chickens get very uncomfortable in warm and hot weather, however they do need some sunlight to survive. Just like humans, chickens need sunshine too. The UV rays from the sun provide essential Vitamin D to both people and pets. Vitamin D is essential for backyard...

Chicken wheezing and other respiratory problems

A sneezing, coughing, or wheezing chicken treatment is different for each and every case. For some respiratory issues, there is no known treatment. For others, you can choose to give your birds an antibiotic, a de-wormer (like in the case of gapeworm), or another...

What is gapeworm?

Gapeworm is a parasite that lives in the flesh of the bird’s throat and causes intermittent wheezing and gasping. Many people mistake the difficulty a bird has with breathing as some kind of respiratory infection and may give their birds an antibiotic. This won’t help...
Why do chickens need sunlight?

Why do chickens need sunlight?

Chickens get very uncomfortable in warm and hot weather, however they do need some sunlight to survive. Just like humans, chickens need sunshine too. The UV rays from the sun provide essential Vitamin D to both people and pets. Vitamin D is essential for backyard...

Chicken wheezing and other respiratory problems

Chicken wheezing and other respiratory problems

A sneezing, coughing, or wheezing chicken treatment is different for each and every case. For some respiratory issues, there is no known treatment. For others, you can choose to give your birds an antibiotic, a de-wormer (like in the case of gapeworm), or another...

What is gapeworm?

What is gapeworm?

Gapeworm is a parasite that lives in the flesh of the bird’s throat and causes intermittent wheezing and gasping. Many people mistake the difficulty a bird has with breathing as some kind of respiratory infection and may give their birds an antibiotic. This won’t help...

Tasks to complete as a backyard chicken owner

Tasks to complete as a backyard chicken owner

As a backyard chicken owner, you know all too well that raising and caring for backyard chickens isn’t always easy. It requires hard work and a willingness to do that work every day. You’re responsible for your chickens, and you don’t get to take a holiday from that...