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  • Hi Humbug, I agree — fantastic stuff.
    But sometimes the oil I buy has a kind of musky flavour that makes it taste a bit stale or old.
    I probably wouldn’t know better but I once got a really great jar that had no aftertaste, just lovely clean coconut — now that was delicious. Maybe my supplier gets old oil…

    I make a fudge with the following…[Read more]

  • Hi Wocket,
    It sounds like you’ve been through some trauma. Life sure does have some crap in it. :hug:
    I’m only recently back here myself, but welcome, and good luck with the studies. Glad to hear you’re back in the chook and garden bizzo. Those things are very curative!

  • … or you could go natural and feed sprouts plus other additives… Fiddly to do but seems to bring out the feather shine and add weight. Just another option if you like going off-grid. 🙂

  • We adore Asian style fried eggs. Don’t knock fried eggs till you’ve tried them!

    Firstly, chop spring onions and fresh coriander (heaps of each).

    Heat oiled pan to just short of smoking, add eggs, let them sizzle really hard until the base is crispy and the top is still shiny and gluey (or however you like your yolks).

    Put eggs on a plate, add a…[Read more]

  • Thank you so much for those kind (and friendly!!) comments.

  • replied to the topic Chook Chat Thread in the forum All things Chicken 8 years, 11 months ago

    I’ve got some meat hybrid x leghorns I’m raising for meat. Alas, I don’t think I can bring myself to dispatch any of the girls. Cockerels I can do no problem, but it seems wrong to eat pullets! 🙂

  • Clocked myself on a choko the other day! We have a trellis arch, and I ducked to go under the increasingly rampant vine. Ow! 😆

  • But sciencing it all would be like… science. 🙂

    How about just try each and see which one tastes best and leaves you feeling healthiest?

    I use kefir, sauerkraut and other fermented veges. As I understand it the range of bacteria in each version is totally dependent on what’s wild in the local area where it’s grown (i.e. it’s there on the…[Read more]

  • Age of rooster crow is highly variable.

    I’ve got some 12 week old boys that are crowing lustily! But they come from early maturing stock.

    I think the latest I’ve seen was 18 weeks and that was for malay game.

    If you have no crowers at 20 weeks then it’s reasonably likely you have all girls. Tail up or down isn’t a good indication. I have one…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic MY CHOOKS in the forum All things Chicken 9 years, 2 months ago

    Hi Bry,
    welcome to the wonderful world of chickens.
    I’ll try to answer some of your questions, sorry if I miss something.

    Firstly they sound the right age to start on layer pellets, unless they’re a slow maturing breed (in which case they can stay on grower). Slow maturing birds are breeds like dorking, sussex, croad langshan, etc. Layer pellets…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Goanna vs chooks in the forum All things Chicken 9 years, 4 months ago

    Goannas… Boy have I racked my brains over these stinkers! Beautiful of course, but a nightmare if you want eggs.

    I did lose a fully grown standard New Hampshire cockerel to one of them. He wasn’t a very big lace monitor, in fact he’d come into the pen through a slightly enlarged hole in chicken wire, so he was really quite a small one. But when…[Read more]

  • Wow, could I piggyback this thread? I too would love comfrey… I’m in Central Coast NSW and happy to pay postage and for the cuttings.

    Or if you want something to swap… I have pigeon pea seeds, borlotti and broad beans, various other veges I don’t have space to plant this year, even some fertile Ancona x red layer eggs if you’re in the mood to…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Quiet roosters? in the forum Backyard livestock 9 years, 7 months ago

    Totally agree with Humbug! Smaller birds may have less volume but it can be pretty piercing.

    I use an insulated night shed. The sound doesn’t keep anyone awake but the roosters still have plenty of air. Insulated boxes can work well if they also have ventilation.

    Unfortunately they can still crow with a low ceiling, though the darkness may keep…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Very Small Flock in the forum Backyard livestock 9 years, 8 months ago

    A really good supplement for sheep is about two double handfuls of lucerne chaff and a handful of barley and lupins per day. I’d also make sure they have a mineral lick if you live in an area with high rainfall (which leaches soils of minerals like copper and cobalt).


  • replied to the topic New to chickens in the forum Backyard livestock 9 years, 10 months ago

    Welcome to the wonderful world of chicken ownership. You’ll never look back!

    – Most of us do keep a full feeder. However at night this can encourage rats so if you want to be extra careful you can put the food away at night. Realistically most don’t (I usually do). If you like you can feed a smaller amount twice a day instead (people who feed…[Read more]

  • I’ve got a meta-conspiracy theory.
    How’s this?
    Conspiracy theories are all grouped together, the ridiculous with the true, so nobody believes the true ones.

  • replied to the topic Cattle Newbie in the forum Backyard livestock 10 years, 2 months ago

    I had cattle on the mid north coast, but that was on 14 acres… But not greatly productive land (steep and a bit wooded) so maybe you’ll do well! Get small ones like galloways or cross angus…

    Unless your 5 acres is pasture improved you’ll have to hand feed in winter as the local grass dies off and becomes rank. That gets expensive but don’t be…[Read more]

  • Where are you, Shane?

  • Great way to start. In future you might want to experiment with better flavour and texture, etc, e.g. by pasture rearing, or changing the diet off basic commercial stuff, or outcrossing to a dual purpose bird (you get better health, more active foraging and nicer, healthier meat), but all power of good to you in the meantime. 🙂

    For processing,…[Read more]

  • :blush: Thanks, Gianna!

    Ravyk, I forgot about your meat growers… I feed mine the same mix as for all growers. I also make sure they get a daily infusion of fresh green chop. Once a day in the last week before processing I might give them an afternoon mash of oats, skim milk, meat/meal or protein scraps (leftover mince is useful). That’s if I…[Read more]

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