Poultry in Urbania

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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 :-)

Comment by shelley north on September 4, 2011 at 10:13am
Hi There, does anyone chch north, east, or rangiora/ woodend way have  room in their egg incubator? I would love to buy some rhode island red fertilised eggs on trademe but no way to hatch them... would be so appreciated :)
Comment by Kate Jury on August 30, 2011 at 8:59pm
Having used both hay/straw and untreated wood shavings I can highly recommend the wood shavings.  As Kathrina has said they are very easy to deal with when you need to clean the house out, but the other thing is they keep the house much cleaner anyway, so it doesn't have to be cleaned so often.  We buy ours in bulk wool-pack size from RD 1, but I have seen smaller 1/2 size packs available there as well - particularly at this time of the year as they are the best thing for using in lamb/calf shelters as well.
Comment by Brian Adam on August 30, 2011 at 8:06pm
Comment by Kathrina Muller on August 30, 2011 at 8:00pm
Have you thought of using untreated wood shavings.  I have seen it recommened in the Precious Poultry magazine (UK) as it is less likely to have moulds growing on it, easier for hens to scratch around, and doesn't pack down so much.  Best of all often you can find it free, is you go to a local joinery place.  Often they are paying to dump it.   Just make sure it is untreated.   I have been using it for about a year mixed with what ever I have handy, including shredded paper, autumn leaves, grass clippings, weeds.  I am due to clean out the house this spring, and will just put it in a compost bin, make sure it is damp, to start composting before I put it on the garden. The last lot the owner of the joinery was so happy to get rid of some he helped me put it in the car.

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