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…

Take Pleasure in your Chooks

Add up all the world’s cats and dogs, cows and pigs and there would still be more chickens. Toss in every rat on earth and the chook still rules. More than 20 billion chickens live on our planet, three for every human alive. Keeping backyard chickens is rapidly expanding across Australia. Chooks are popping up…

Predators

Chickens are such important critters in our lives, it’s no wonder the biggest problem we face is 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 common but no hunter is as efficient…

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…