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 Tim Searle on May 23, 2011 at 1:49am
My hens have laid no eggs since they started moulting about 2-3 months ago. They have pale combs and their new feathers are dull compared to the previous ones. Any ideas? I changed the coop setup and I think they may not have liked the new nesting box - the entry was quite small and the box had gaps at the top. I've gone back to a traditional setup so that might help but thought I'd see if anyone has any other thoughts?
Comment by Christine Robinson on May 10, 2011 at 12:35pm

Are there any Members in Sydney,Australia?

I am in Campbelltown,NSW.

Comment by Kristen Morse on May 6, 2011 at 8:38pm
Thanks for that link Shelly - what a wonderful resource - I've been wandering about in the site. :-)
Comment by shelley north on May 6, 2011 at 7:34pm
Ok I've been doing some googling and this website was really helpful as well. I have been sprouting their wheat and they go nuts over it. Over the weekend I hope to set up some vege scraps and try breeding those little fly things.
Comment by jennette buffett on April 25, 2011 at 10:35pm
hi, from [limited] experience chooks are not fussy creatures, but the man who sold me mine told me that generations of the hybrid egg layng types ie shavers etc. do best on pellets and seems to true so far.
I have noticed that they love meaty scraps and fresh greens and that they eat far more than you could ever think was possible. J.
Comment by Ricardo Oscar Marques on April 25, 2011 at 4:27pm


As soon as you have the answers and YOU TRIALED, send me the answer.

I wanted to do it, but I cannot afford so much time in self sufficiency (ironic, but true)

One thing I do I convinced my neighbours, friends and family to give me the food scraps for cats, chickens and ducks.

When I have more time I go to the fish shop and I ask for the guts, so I reduce even more waste (GREAT). Chickens love some stuff, specially livers.

Comment by Mercurious on April 25, 2011 at 4:02pm

Hi all.

Thought you may be interested in this website to look after your gardens and chooks organically. I just stumbled upon it when surfing the net.

There is a great sounding product calledBetaVet BetaDrench for worming our feathered friends and all sorts of other lovely stuff!


Comment by Kristen Morse on April 24, 2011 at 10:50pm
Hi there I have heard that straw or wood shavings are best for nesting as opposed to hay- the dust and seeds in hay can give chickens an asthma like cough. We use barley straw or wood shavings if that is not available.
Comment by Ricardo Oscar Marques on April 24, 2011 at 9:07pm

Sarah: I dont use hay, I use dry grass clippings. Also I talked with a guy who do lawn mowing around, and he drops his grass clippings at home, then I put the grass clippings on milk trays until is dry.

If it is urgent, you can put shredded papers until you have the dry grass.

Comment by josephal on April 24, 2011 at 8:05pm
Sarah yes i have use for some hay if its not too expensive, im in new lynn.

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