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  • replied to the topic Chook Chat Thread in the forum All things Chicken 9 years, 8 months ago

    :laugh: They are the tiny toy chicks from the Darell Lee easter eggs 😛 (I am breeding them for Darrell Lee now :whistle: 😉 )

  • replied to the topic Chook Chat Thread in the forum All things Chicken 9 years, 8 months ago

    New Belgian d’Uccle baby. Hatched yesterday 🙂

  • MaggieMoo post=335739 wrote: I’m a little worried about our canned food. I was once told that our tuna is harmful for cats. Am totally confused. I may just keep her on Whiskas can food, when it comes to tuna or fish.

    Best bet if you want to keep her on a commercial cat food when it comes to fish is to look for one with the least additives…[Read more]

  • You could do worse than follow his book ‘Give your Dog a Bone’,and the thought process for most of it is sound. That book (and before that Juliette de Bairacli Levy’s book “The Complete Herbal Handbook for the Dog and Cat” led many people to look differently at how they fed their animals and to take a more natural approach.

    Though yes, even he…[Read more]

  • As cats often ‘imprint’ on food when young it is a good idea if you have a kitten to feed a wide variety of things so they learn about different smells, tastes and textures. Introduced young, they tend to be less fussy as adults.

    The canned fish is mostly related to tuna and Vit E depletion. Fed in small quantities, ok, but fed all the time…[Read more]

  • Pretty much yes, but raw meaty bones are important – they should have bones they can chew up and eat (like chicken, rabbit or even mice – you can buy feeder mice from pet stores) as well as meat without bone. The bones provide calcium and other minerals.

    We feed twice a day. They would have about 1/2 cup to 2/3 cup each meal I guess – I don’t…[Read more]

  • As long as you followthe basic principles it is not rocket science 😉

    Commercial dog food companies just want you to believe that so you will buy their products – and for them it IS rocket science as they are creating something that is not natural as a SUBSTITUTE for the dogs (and cats) natural diet. And they expect the dog to eat it for every…[Read more]

  • Cats are easy to feed. Ours are fed a raw diet and have been for years. Cats are obligate carnivores which means they need the things contained in raw meat or they will die (taurine and other amino acides which are destroyed by cooking). Something the commercial companies deiscovered in the ’70’s when cats fed solely on their food started…[Read more]

  • His name is Ian Billinghurst 😛

    If people are after info on raw diets, I have lots of info on my webpage here: http://www.espinay.com/feedingourdogs.cfm

    Grains are not a natural food for dogs, and dogs don’t need carbs (and actually do better without them – scientific studies have shown this) so I don’t feed pasta or rice except as the…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Chook Chat Thread in the forum All things Chicken 9 years, 8 months ago

    The suggestion of the bucket of ice is not far off the mark. What he is suggesting is a way to lower the body temperature. When a hen goes broody, her body temperature goes up. Lowering it can help get her off the brood. Another way often suggested is to pop the broody in a wire cage with a suspended wire floor – nothing else in it (except…[Read more]

  • Agree – if they were due to lay in about 8 weeks (may be longer for some hens) and you have only had them for 6 weeks, then you have a few more weeks to go before they will start laying!!! :blink:

  • Hi Fluffy Duck! :wave:

    Bantams? We just refer to ours as ‘Spatchcock’ (particularly if one decides to be a pain in the proverbial) :laugh:

    Looking forward to seeing more of you here :tup:

  • Not heard of using it this way. You would be better off providing something like shellgrit. I provide shellgrit in a small container so that they can eat it as they wish. They go through phases of needing it and eat it when they do – so depending on who is laying most at the time is who consumes it.

  • replied to the topic Chook Chat Thread in the forum All things Chicken 9 years, 8 months ago

    Sorry to hear about the chicks Bel. I use a ‘stepped’ system for chicks raised in the brooder (mainly because I am hatching about 2 weeks apart at the moment – one brooder is enough if you have enough room in it!). I have a big plastic storage box which is the first thing they go in – I use an old desk lamp with an arm that clamps onto the table…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Chook Chat Thread in the forum All things Chicken 9 years, 8 months ago

    Sorry it is not working Bel 🙁
    Usually day olds are best, and making sure you take out the eggs when you put the chicks underneath her rather than leaving them there. Try not to disturb her too much when you do it so she stays asleep and wakes to new babies underneath her. Dont shine the torch on her if you can – try and keep things quiet and…[Read more]

  • I would still consider it safe to eat.

    Have you got some fake eggs in the nesting box? This can help them figure it out at first. Some take a little while to get themselves into a routine. Is the nesting box nice and private or is she trying to find somewhere a little ‘quieter’?

  • replied to the topic Chook Chat Thread in the forum All things Chicken 9 years, 8 months ago

    Hi Dayla,

    Chooks shouldn’t have dirty bottoms. If they do, something is wrong. They may be ill. Or perhaps they are not roosting at night and are soiling their rears – chooks poo a lot when they sleep. If not roosting is the issue, putting them on the perch at night until they learn to do it can help (usually doesnt take long). If that is not…[Read more]

  • Yes and a dog that will bail up the Goanna but not the chooks? 🙁 I would also be concerned at a small dog being injured by a goanna (as well as a dog possibly injuring the goanna as well)

    While I do use dogs to help protect my birds (livestock guardians), good fencing is a must and a dog does not replace this.

    Agree too that a ‘free dog’ is…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Chook Chat Thread in the forum All things Chicken 9 years, 8 months ago

    Yay!! Go little chicky!! :clap:

    Our new trio of Mille Fleur Belgian d’Uccle arrived today :cheer: Photos not the best as they were settling in after their long trip from Bathurst, but give you an idea. Very happy with our new little team :tup:

  • Enjoyed it :tup: The concept seems to be that of a co-op (common system used for them here) though he is trying to do it on a slightly larger scale than any I have seen. The amount of waste they found from the other supermarkets was criminal!

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