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,…

Baby chicks

Raising Backyard Chickens

Spring has sprung and our chooks do turn broody. If you are raising chicks then a broody hen is nature’s best incubator. To get started, I 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, but need…

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…