Poultry in Urbania

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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
Comment by Lisa L on September 22, 2011 at 9:36pm
Anyone in Auckland want some chicken wire? We have a few metres ( hard to guess it's in a roll). Pick up is in Sandringham. You can also look at our chicken dome if you need inspiration. Personal message me for details.
Comment by Hanna on September 5, 2011 at 10:24am

Thanks for all the comments regarding the straw. I'll try RD1 if I can't find anything closer by and I might also try animal supplies. They do seem to be based in Auckland, which seems a bit far away to get straw from (I'm in Christchurch) :-) Regarding the wood shavings, I produce some in my work, though not enough to keep the chickens in bedding at all times, but I agree that they are great. The only thing is: aren't they a bit acidic as mulch? I'm really trying to find something double purpose for chicken bedding and garden mulch.


On a different topic, I'm going to try and attach the photo of a weird but cute fairy egg one of my chooks produced the other day (next to a normal sized one). It seemed to be a one-off, so hopefully nothing sinister going on :-)


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