ISA Brown – the Ups & Downs

ISA Brown – the Ups & Downs  ISA Brown are an incredibly popular backyard layer choice, most probably because they are readily available through many stock feed stores across Australia. They are also popular mainly because of the big brown eggs they produce, just like the ones on supermarket shelves. ISA Brown are also famous…

Super Mash – New look, same great product

New look, same great product Super Mash – a specially formulated chicken feed supplement that provides nutrients and probiotics to boost and vitalise chooks, help reduce parasites and keep your chooks healthy, naturally.   Now available in Eco Sustainable, fully compostable bag and best value 5kg reusable bucket. Great value – good for our planet…

A Chookie Space – food & shelter

In our slightly mad modern life keeping backyard chickens can give us simple pleasures with the added benefits of home grown eggs and useful manure. For many people, the gentle clucking and scratching of chooks at home is domestic bliss. Chooks are also a great way to teach children about caring for animals, after all…

Predators

Chickens are such important critters in our lives. Whether you live in rural, urban or suburban Australia the greatest threat facing your flock are predators. It’s up to you to protect your chickens and it all starts with the physical chicken coop security. But who are the predators? Snakes, goannas, quolls, hawks and eagles are…

Chook Poo

Chickens give us a host of useful services and it’s clear the more we care for our chickens, the more services they happily provide! One of their endless gifts is chook poo. A single chook produces about 1kg of manure each week. We can make very good use of that! Keeping backyard chickens and growing…

Raising Backyard Chickens

With Spring in the air our chooks turn broody. If you are raising backyard chickens then a broody hen is nature’s best incubator. Getting Started To get started, select 6-12 fertile eggs depending on the size of the broody hen. Eggs can be stored up to 7 days after lay, before you start incubating them,…

Feeding Your Flock

Chickens are omnivores like pigs, so they like a diet that includes protein from various sources. Chooks are not herbivores like cows, sheep or goats and so your flock can, and should, eat plant as well as animal proteins. Here are some tips on looking after our chooks well – the do’s and don’ts around…

Spring Clean Your Coop

Spring is in the air and with it comes warmer weather, a time when mites are most active and can harm our chooks. So now is the time to Spring clean your coop. Leg Mites The scaly leg mite burrows under the scales of a chook’s leg and feeds on keratin. It exudes a greyish…