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 kathryn kneepkens on November 8, 2011 at 9:15am

Hi Tim, Last night was the first night, I have put all the chickens in the one house, all seems to have gone well. 

As for sexing the young birds, Yes I think, to be sure, you have to wait.

They love getting into the veg garden. had to rescue my beans and corn from them. 


Comment by Natasha Bagley on November 3, 2011 at 4:57pm
Hi Kathrina, I'd be keen to get a copy of the article on hens and eggs please. My hens arrive tomorrow. My email is
Comment by Kathrina Muller on October 24, 2011 at 2:41pm

Hi I hav ecopied out an article Producing Eggs is Hard Work, from and Australasian Pultry Magazine, which as good info about how hens produce eggs, including on producing the shell.  It is too long to include here beingin 2 A4 pages, but if you are interested email me  and I will send it to you.


Comment by Kathrina Muller on October 22, 2011 at 8:41pm

I had that problem when I had brown shavers.  It happened when they  had been laying for ages, and due to moult soon or if they got sick.  Brown shavers are breed to keep laying what ever.  I haven't had that problem with the older breeds.  If something is wrong they just stop laying for a few days.  It gives them a chance to recover. 

Comment by Shannon McKenzie on October 22, 2011 at 6:31pm
getting leather eggs from one of my girls again. They have plenty of grit in there - any ideas why?
Comment by kathryn kneepkens on October 21, 2011 at 2:15pm

I will just have to wait and see. I brought, a hen and 16 babies of trade me,  I have homes for some of the roosters, as long as they are not ALL Roosters. LOL. That would be a bummer.

At the moment I have them in a seperate house from my three big girls, they can see each other. At what age can I let them in together. I dont want them killed by my big girls.

Comment by Hester on October 20, 2011 at 9:42pm


Sexing chicks is a bit tricky. Some breeds are easier to tell apart than others. I would recommend that you do a Google search for your breed and you should find at what age the different characteristics will show.

Comment by kathryn kneepkens on October 20, 2011 at 8:10pm

At what age can I tell, if I have Roosters or chickens.

Comment by Lisa L on September 23, 2011 at 3:08pm
Thanks for the interest in the chicken wire it has found a new home!
Comment by kevin williams on September 23, 2011 at 3:01pm
High Lisa would be happy to take the chicken wire off your Hands

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