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…

New Girls in the Hen House

New Girls in the Hen House   With Spring just around the corner you might be thinking about introducing some new chooks to your flock. New girls in the hen house can cause quite a disruption to an established flock. It can also be a scary, dangerous business for the newcomers unless managed well.  …

Prevention is better than cure

The Best Medicine  Keeping our chickens healthy is really important. Our motto at Natural Chicken Health is ‘prevention is better than cure.’  Chickens need vitamins, minerals, good nutrition, and like us, they need low stressors and sufficient rest. Physical Stressors There are physical measures we can take to support the lives of our chooks and…

Diatomaceous Earth – using it around our chooks

Diatomaceous Earth – very useful around our coops and good for our flock! 🐥Controls parasites 🐥Contains high levels of natural soluble silica 🐥Improves egg production 🐥Larger birds – stronger and healthier 🐥Contains many trace minerals Pronounced die-uh-tuh-MEY-shus and frequently shortened to ‘DE’, diatomaceous earth is a truly remarkable mineral-based substance made from the fossilised remains…

Extreme cold & Winter chicken care

Extreme cold & Winter chicken care There are a few things that we can do over the Autumn molt period and into the cold Winter weather to look after our backyard chooks well.   Winter in the ‘Chookouse’ Ventilation in the chook house is essential for your flock throughout the whole year including Winter, so…

A chook in moulting season

The Moulting Season

The Moulting Season The Autumn Equinox and shorter days is the signal for a change of feathers in the hen house. Heading into winter your chooks will normally grow new feathers to replace some old ones. You can help them along. Here are a few tips; Avoid handling chooks. Moulting makes feather follicles very sensitive,…

Deep Litter Method

With Winter approaching and our days getting cooler it is the perfect time to set up a ‘Deep Litter System’ in our coops. Cheryl Nelson from Natural Chicken Health – Super Mash shows you how to create this happy environment. Deep litter in a chicken coop develops its own biome (bacterial culture), which acts to reduce insect…