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  • replied to the topic Chook Chat Part 2 in the forum All things Chicken 7 years, 7 months ago

    I had two 150kg bakes of rice hulls delivered (more ‘dumped’ in the driveway where they’ll get wet and I have NO chance of shifting them — thanks from nothing Brown Wigg I take 2 days off work waiting for delivery and it happens bang-on school pick up time) sorry – this post was actually supposed to be about how fabulous the rice hulls are so…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Chook Chat Part 2 in the forum All things Chicken 7 years, 7 months ago

    Dreadful news Vickie. Clipping a wing to ensure they stay separate is definitely the go. I got some bird netting at Dahlsens the other day – I have about 15m left over if you want it to try to increase the boundary height.

  • replied to the topic Chook Chat Part 2 in the forum All things Chicken 7 years, 7 months ago

    Miawzen sounds like you have good neighbours. A quick call to your shire council will tell you exactly what the local laws are in your area. Some say no roosters, others require a permit.

  • replied to the topic Chook Chat Part 2 in the forum All things Chicken 7 years, 7 months ago

    I can’t see about the last 10 characters on the end of every line in every post so I’m filling in the gaps and hopefully am getting it right!
    BW do you think they could have been hunting mice?
    I was cleaning around in my bedroom and heard strange rustling in the wardrobe I ignored it for a while then had to investigate – just a young pullet!? I…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Chook Chat Part 2 in the forum All things Chicken 7 years, 7 months ago

    Mister Mister is a very sad sight but he did roost. Hens don’t go near him. I’m trying to ensure he gets enough water to get a good dose of the antibiotics.
    Tomorrow I’ll give him a bath if hell let me do I can see properly how bad the wounds are. Right now he’s all caked in blood. I’m waiting for my dad to get here to help me put up bird netting.

  • replied to the topic Chook Chat Part 2 in the forum All things Chicken 7 years, 7 months ago

    Nothing has been under or through the 2.5m high pen fence. It had to come from above which is why I’m thinking birds. Long time locals all say carrawongs. Apparently they do the cruelest things to calves and lambs so a rooster wouldnt be too daunting and definitely eat eggs.

  • replied to the topic Chook Chat Part 2 in the forum All things Chicken 7 years, 7 months ago

    Went out to feed the chooks this morning and came across a devestating sight. My lovely rooster has been absolutely savaged all over his head and neck.

    He’s lost an eye and I doubt he’ll survive (although I think it would have occured yesterday so he has made it through one cold night).

    2 eggs have gone from the nest and one egg shell was in…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Chook Chat Part 2 in the forum All things Chicken 7 years, 7 months ago

    Jenoka: that is a LOT of nesting boxes. How many chooks do you have?

    I’d also suggest planting Roman wormwood, tansy (throw it in the nesting boxes to keep parasites from moving in) and comfrey.

  • replied to the topic Chook Chat Part 2 in the forum All things Chicken 7 years, 7 months ago

    Purplehat: depending on how you want to use them you can skin instead of pluck. Doesn’t take nearly as long, much less stressful — and you can get them in the freeze before rigamortis (Sp?) sets in so it’s much less confronting.

    Having said all that I have to admit I’ve never done either!

  • replied to the topic Chook Chat Part 2 in the forum All things Chicken 7 years, 7 months ago

    I w et to the vet to ask for cocci’ meds (baycox or sulfas which should cost about $25) – but after looking at Simon the rooster left with a bill for $198.00. I’m stunned. Those Chooks had better be the healthiest on the planet in a few days. All I wanted was a little pre-spring clean out to ensure they were in tip top condition before breeding…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Chook Chat Part 2 in the forum All things Chicken 7 years, 7 months ago

    Light Sussex Roos went for $65 at the last traralgon auction! The woman who owned them needed to sit down. She couldn’t believe her good fortune. Maybe you’ll be lucky too.

  • replied to the topic Chook Chat Thread in the forum All things Chicken 7 years, 7 months ago

    Love a happy ending. :tup:

  • replied to the topic Chook Chat Thread in the forum All things Chicken 7 years, 7 months ago

    Yes, they stand. Mine manage perfectly well in a mower catcher — even the big ones.

  • replied to the topic Chook Chat Thread in the forum All things Chicken 7 years, 7 months ago

    Have to disagree Ravyk:

    Metal = good
    Wood = bad

    All looks pretty good to me — In fact the roosts look perfect. My guess is that in summer they’ll use them — in the meantime leave them be. Just either extend roof line out a bit to ensure materials stay completely dry, or replace with new bedding material and push back far enough that it’s out…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Chook Chat Thread in the forum All things Chicken 7 years, 7 months ago

    Damp housing is a recipe for coccidicosis. I’d be doing whatever is necessary to ensure 100% dry inside the coop.

  • replied to the topic Chook Chat Thread in the forum All things Chicken 7 years, 7 months ago

    Awful news – I’ve never seen a prolapse but I’m sure you made the kindest decision Purplehat.
    The mini warm spell has caused 2 to go clucky. Hopefully they continue to sit. My main rooster was standing about eyes shut today – I hope it’s not the start of something heartbreaking. We love Simon.

  • replied to the topic Chook Chat Thread in the forum All things Chicken 7 years, 7 months ago

    Big gorgeous birds! Your local feed store will be loving you coming through the door.

    You won’t need to put them to bed manually for long — they’ll catch on in a few more days.

    If you put a ping pong ball or something similar where you want them to lay there’s a fair chance they will comply and learn to lay there as their first preference.…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Chook Chat Thread in the forum All things Chicken 7 years, 8 months ago

    Great feeling of elation to find eggs in laying boxes! Go Pullets.
    All mine are laying now I’m busting from a broody. Never satisfied…

  • replied to the topic Quiet Chickens in the forum All things Chicken 7 years, 8 months ago

    Yay! Are you hoarding them to admire and gaze at or are you eating them?

    It’s such a thrill to find that first egg! I never tire of it.

  • replied to the topic Chook Chat Thread in the forum All things Chicken 7 years, 8 months ago

    It’s raining heavily again. Here comes another flood — everything is still sodden from the last one! My lovely veranda will be a mine field of chook mess. :sick:

    Two of my girls have started sleeping in trees — I suspect they’re also laying somewhere other than the nesting boxes. Never a dull day in chooky paradise!

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