Poultry in Urbania

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Comment by Kathrina Muller on November 15, 2011 at 10:13pm

A friend got a cheap incubator and ended up calling it the death box.  Poor hatching and those that did were destressed.

If you can get a good broody try that.   And let her get on with it and don't disturb her much. I have eggs under a broody for the 3rd time.  First one, I checked under her too often and she hatch 6/10.  The second time not all the eggs were fertile and only 3 hatched, plus one dead in the shell. 

If you get an incubator, get a good one.  It is often the case you get what you pay for.

Comment by jerry on November 15, 2011 at 9:45pm

hi, i just joined this group. I'm on waiheke island and thinking of getting more chickens. Does anyone have experience or recommendation for an incubator?


Comment by Kristen Morse on November 12, 2011 at 4:12pm

Love the wyandottes, never found them to be aggressive. Good reliable layers,silver laced ones seemed really keen on going broody so dont keep them any more. we have 3 gold laced that lay well but are loud little clucks when they get off the nest. Barnavelders very placid birds, big brown egg, not aggressive and not as noisy, we have 2 of those. Barred rocks, a bit skittish - not as happy to have people close, lay well , not as inclined to broodiness and the couple we have seem to be a bit further down the pecking order so that must mean they are not aggressive.They are inclined to leave the nesting area dramatically and cluck from atop the nearest hutch for a while so can be a bit noisy. Light Sussex are assertive birds - that can lead to aggression, we have had several hatched from bought in eggs over the years but I have never wanted to keep them on as layers once they had grown because of how they behaved in the flock. others swear by them. Orpingtons are lovely placid birds, friendly, always in for a feed of bugs whilst you garden and keep me company if I'm working where they can reach. Not too broody, slow to mature so will start laying a bit later than some other breeds. Look great with a full fluffy underskirt. We also have a brown shaver and she is the most easy care of the lot, lays well and quietly, not agressive and is more fuel efficient than some of the bigger birds - eggs big, bird small. the other breed we keep is Arucanas - for the wonderful blue eggs and they are also fuel efficient however these two have been named the Offender and the Accomplice for their naughty behavior - out over the top or under any fence they find in their way and laying in secret places, always in to the veg garden. And both these hens crow randomly just to top it off. Just as well they lay... Hope that helps.

Comment by Kirsten on November 12, 2011 at 1:14pm

I'm wanting  a small bag of animal poo, about  shopping bag full, or if anyone knows of anywhere out West that I can buy a sack/bag of horse poo. They seem to have disappeared from the places i normally go....Happy to pay or swap jam/ chutney.

Comment by Kathrina Muller on November 11, 2011 at 3:48pm

I have had brown shavers and  a number of the heritage breeds.  At present I have a 2 new hampshire red, a Langsham and a welsummer.   Some breeds tend to be flighty, but a lot can also depend on how they are brought up, and how much time you spend with them.  Mine at present are rather flighty because I have not spent the time sitting down and letting them eat grain from my hand.

I would consider leghorns for myself, but staired my neightbour with a toddler away from that breed. At present they have 3 part bantys that were raised by a neighbours grandchild as a school project.  They are friendly and easy to handle. 

I must admit the most friendly chicken I had was one of a pair that were dumped at the botanic gardens at about 10 days old.  One died unfortunately but the other bonded to me so much that if I had it out with me in the garden, it sat on or right beside my shoe.  I gave him away to people that had young chicks so it could learn it was a chicken.Any more chicks I get I want to remove them from the mother at 3-4 weeks, so I can handle them and they can bond with humans more.  Even a friendly mother hen will peck at you if you try to touch the chicks, and by alarm calls teach them to keep away from humans.  

Comment by Laura Bylsma on November 11, 2011 at 2:42pm

I had a bit of trouble with one of them on the first day I got her (she escaped over the neighbours fence a couple of times), but have had no problems since. I don't pick them up or anything, but they seem to be pretty mellow when I'm mucking about in their yard. They're really good layers as far as heritage breeds go, and they're a bit smaller as well. I got them in their second season laying and the previous owner left them to themselves as far as I'm aware... I'd imagine they might be more child-friendly if you raised them from chicks. 

Comment by josephal on November 11, 2011 at 2:31pm

Have read they are quite flighty, my daughter is 3.

Comment by josephal on November 11, 2011 at 2:30pm

Are leghorns suitable chooks for young families?

Comment by Laura Bylsma on November 11, 2011 at 1:46pm

I recently got a couple of light sussex and a couple of leghorns. They've all been great layers so far, but the light sussex tend to make a bit more noise in my (limited) experience. I cringe at what the poor neighbours must think at 5am some mornings!

Comment by josephal on November 11, 2011 at 9:27am

Maybe chickens are liked people and have their own personalities :)


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