Poultry in Urbania

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Comment by Kate Jury on November 11, 2011 at 7:49am

Hi Bev,

Having had all of the breeds you listed except the barnevelders, I would say the orpingtons would be the quietest.  I currently have two black orpingtons and a blue orpington and they are extremely quiet compared to my light sussex.  I used to have a wyandotte, and yes, she was aggressive.  I also used to have some barred rocks - nice birds, similar in temperament to the light sussex.  Hope that helps in some way. 

Comment by Bev G on November 10, 2011 at 11:57pm

Quieter Breeds?

I'm still in the planning stages of getting my first chickens and trying to decide which breed would be most suitable for me. I have a very small suburban backyard with close neighbours. The friendly council inspector has said I can have two or three chickens but suggested I should opt for one of the quieter breeds. My preference is for the heavier heritage breeds - Silver Laced Wyandotte, Barnevelders, Barred Rocks, Light Sussex or Orpingtons. My first choice was the Wyandottes but someone has told me they can be aggressive and recommended Barnevelders. Any suggestions or comments, particularly re the noise factor but also taking in to consideration that I am an absolute novice? They'll be part-time free rangers, somewhat dependant on how well my Scottish Terrier tolerates them!

Comment by Natasha Bagley on November 8, 2011 at 9:30am

Pics of my rescued battery hens on the first day in their new home if anyone is interested


Comment by Natasha Bagley on November 8, 2011 at 9:28am

Hi poultry lovers. I got four rescued battery farm hens last week and they have been settling into their new home in my back garden. They all appear to be eating and drinking well. They are dust bathing, scratching, flapping etc.. so seem to be quite happy..oh and laying an egg a day each. One thing I have noticed though is they are not using the perches. I know they would not have had perches in the farm and I did lift a couple of them up onto the perches on the first night, but how important is it that they actually sleep there?


I have two nesting boxes and at present all four of them seem to be trying to sleep in the same one! I wonder if they are cold as the weather has been quite rubbish this week and they are missing a lot of feathers. Any ideas on making them warmer or whether I let them keep sleeping in the nesting boxes? They currently have a wooden house with shavings and hay. Thanks

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.


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