Poultry in Urbania

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Comment by sarah bing on April 24, 2011 at 1:20pm
Is anyone in central auckland keen to do a bit of hay sharing? We need to get hay for our chooks but only have a tiny car and it doesnt really seem worth going all the way out to get hay when we can only get a small amount...possibly some of us could pitch in for a big load and share it out? if that makes sense?
Comment by Mercurious on April 22, 2011 at 7:48pm


Is anyone aware of somewhere in Tauranga to get point of lay dual purpose birds? I need to fill up the chook mansion and knock off a couple of the older birds.

Comment by Ricardo Oscar Marques on April 21, 2011 at 10:38pm


I am here now, who is in charge of lobby the Auckland City Council.

If not lets do it because regulations sucks and with this administration we are likely to achieve better ones. Now or never. But I dont know how to do it.

Keep in touch.

Comment by Melissa Gunn on April 20, 2011 at 7:28pm

has this chicken house been taken?

Comment by shannon seal on April 20, 2011 at 7:08am

sounds great - where is pickup?



Comment by zoe on April 19, 2011 at 9:24pm

Hi All

 I have a free chookhouse going here to anyone in AK. Its not a luxury model but certainly will do the trick!

Comment by Kristen Morse on April 18, 2011 at 4:40pm
That depends on the breed. We have found the larger the breed the longer it takes to mature. A bantam Rooster could be crowing at 2 months old and an Orpington at 6-8 months old. They usually start about 4-5 months and will do so before their sisters are laying.
Comment by josephal on April 18, 2011 at 4:09pm
If you are raising chickens from fertilised eggs, at what age do roosters start crowing?
Comment by Kristen Morse on April 7, 2011 at 9:48pm
Chooks operate on the 'what ever she is eating must be better than what I am eating' theory of food sharing. We have a large mixed age flock and I have got round the monstering behavior of the dominant chooks over the new or younger birds by having a smaller second food container. I put about 1/3 of the food in there first- they all rush that way. Then I put the main lot in the bigger food container - the big bossy girls all rush that way then and leave the smaller and less dominant ones to share the first portion. That works for the 20-30 we have and even the bossiest bird will eventually be full and wander off to peck grass or dust bath leaving the newbie to get her share.
Comment by Jill Green on April 7, 2011 at 6:29pm
Sarah I was told by the local poutry farm to introduce 2 at a time.I did this the nastyness went on for a few days then stopped.I actually spent time with the newbies and made sure they got to the food and all settled down. Hang in there its not nice to see but it will stop.

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