Poultry in Urbania

A group all about how to keep poultry including chickens, bantams,geese and ducks. Help with problems or questions and to brag about your special feathered friends.

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Local Organic Chicken Feed 14 Replies

Started by Susie. Last reply by Tracey Waterreus Nov 13, 2015.

Chicken lice - Organic solutions 3 Replies

Started by Damian Cinereus Veneficus Mair. Last reply by Andrea Graves Sep 25, 2014.

Dealing with a muddy run 7 Replies

Started by Nigel Thomson. Last reply by Andrea Graves Sep 22, 2014.

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Comment by sarah bing on April 7, 2011 at 6:09pm
We have had to introduce one hen into our 'flock' of four; lots of fighting going on..does anybody know how long we should expect them to establish pecking order? Also the hens arent letting the new hen get to the food box (its a chooketeria so we don't want to spread the food on the ground) or to water.  Is this normal behavior or should we re home the newest chook?:)
Comment by Mel on March 17, 2011 at 9:54pm
Does anyone around Hamilton want a rooster? Hes beautiful (White Sussex X I think) and friendly (Raised around a 4yr old obsessed with chooks) I really dont want to rehome him but Im moving to a house with a smaller section so the chooks will be closer to the neighbours and I dont want noise complaints.  Only just started crowing so just a teenager really.
Comment by simone coldwill on March 16, 2011 at 12:39pm
I am wondering whether someone in central auckland would like to swap fresh seasonal organic veggies for fresh eggs? (We are near Greenlane).
Comment by Kali on March 15, 2011 at 12:47pm
HI Nigel, yes mash should be wet before you give it to them, I just add cold water and stir until its all well mixed.
Comment by Derek & Julie Craig on March 15, 2011 at 9:38am
Sorry, just a kinder soul than ours with a little spare space in her home chicken run.
Comment by Nigel Thomson on March 15, 2011 at 9:01am
Mash - How are you supposed to feed it to the chooks, we were just putting it dry into a bowl for them to eat, but most was getting wasted, then someone said to make it up with liquid like warm water do make it a thick porridge consistency, is thast right?
Comment by Jenny Freewalker on March 15, 2011 at 8:39am

ls this a place that takes anyones hens?

Comment by Derek & Julie Craig on March 15, 2011 at 8:30am
Today two of our old hens are leaving. We planned to kill off our hens at the end of each laying year and replace them with young 'point of lay' hens like commercial operations do. After molting (no eggs) the egg production reduces making home grown eggs an expensive proposition.  How ever there is resistance - OK , cowardice in eating Mrs Brown & Mrs Brown since we have all got on so well. They where saved by the kind offer of a retirement home for chickens.
Comment by Jill Green on March 13, 2011 at 8:45pm
I was giving cheese to the girls and the vet said not to. This one got egg bound and died.The vet has a very big interest in poultry and I will go by her facts.I was also making porridge in the winter and its OK without milk. Hope this helps
Comment by Jill Green on March 13, 2011 at 8:25pm
Hi Angela Good the problem appears to be just a hickup.Just got 2 22week old brown shavers to keep Doris my moulting old girl company and they have laid an egg each day really impressive.Feeding marsh morning bread scaps lunch pellets tea and in between lettuce silver beet etc I am really impressed with them and I got them from the local poultry farm becks cut about to have a caged live,

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