Information

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.

Members: 388
Latest Activity: on Monday

Discussion Forum

Chicken lice - Organic solutions

Started by Damian Cinereus Veneficus Mair on Monday.

Dealing with a muddy run 6 Replies

Started by Nigel Thomson. Last reply by Kathrina Muller Aug 19.

neem oil 1 Reply

Started by Kirsten Fathers. Last reply by Petra Dirkx Aug 18.

Comment Wall

Comment

You need to be a member of Poultry in Urbania to add comments!

Comment by shelley north on June 19, 2011 at 12:12pm
I havent yet breed my little flies, though hoping to sit down and do a trial run. I know the chickens like them as I found some on the lid of the worm farm. I have feed them some worms out of the farm which they love also slaters. They dont seem keen on slugs at all even though I have an abundance of them or parsley. I picked agapanthus seeds and stuck them in the chicken wire so they had to forage and stretch surprisingly they loved these too. I haven been sprouting the wheat I need a less messy time consuming plan for that one. I had a sunflower from a seed and nut mix sprout in the garden so I have saved the seed and plan to grow these for them as well.
Comment by Katie Powell on June 19, 2011 at 9:50am

Hi everyone!

I have 4 or maybe 6 chineese silke roosters up for grabs. They are beautiful... All White and one is a golden, reddy colour! about 3 1/2 / 4 months old. I would love to see them go to a great home as i love them but unfortunatly cannot have roosters. Please feel free to ring me on 021 0 511559 if you are interested.

 

Cheers

Katie

Comment by Mercurious on May 27, 2011 at 8:42pm

Hi Lynda. I got my girls from cindy here in Tauranga.

Her cell is 0274048254. She may have a few different breeds to choose from but contact her to see if she has some available now. Yay chicken keeping in Tauranga!!! I'm in urban Brookfield with six chooks. What area do you live in?

Cheers Merc

Comment by LYNDA JACK HAWKE on May 27, 2011 at 3:05pm
Hi  has anyone in the tauranga area got any chickens for sale or barter? 0273927942
Comment by Kristen Morse on May 23, 2011 at 8:07am
Depending on how old they are they may not start again until July, August. They need 12 - 14 hrs of daylight a day to stimulate them to lay daily. We are down to about 9-10hrs. Younger birds come back on the lay sooner but older birds take a while longer. I have 16 hens ages 1-7 yrs old and am getting 5 eggs one day and 2 the next at the moment. By September that should be 12 a day. The other thing they might need is worming as this will slow down their recovery from molting. If you use Aviverm there is a 6 day witholding period for the eggs - not a problem if there aren't any eh. That helps and you will see a difference in their appearance within a couple of weeks of doing it. Other ideas would be to dust them for mites and lice as feeding parasites will also be slowing down them coming back into the lay. And the last suggestion if you are seeing them on the nest but no eggs later could be either a rat stealing them or a hen egg eating. To check if they are laying but might be hiding the eggs or having  them nicked check the width between thier pubic bones by holding  the bird under your arm and placing your fingers against her feathers just above the vent. You should be able to feel 2 pointed bones. If there is 2 or more finger widths between those bones she should be in lay. If the gap is less than 2 finger widths she is not laying. The bones move to accommodate the eggs passage when she is in lay. Hope that helps.
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. http://www.small-farm-permaculture-and-sustainable-living.com/what_...
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.
 

Members (388)

 
 
 

Local Food to Your Door

Photos

  • Add Photos
  • View All

© 2014   Created by Pete Russell.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service