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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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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.
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.
 

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