Poultry in Urbania

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Comment by leah pitkethley on April 3, 2012 at 12:51pm

hi. i have 2 brown chooks they were a gift dec 2010, most days i get 2 eggs some days one has a chipped shell other days the one shell is just very thin, i give them shell grit and (because someone suggested it) their own shells rinsed, baked and crushed. is there anything else i can do to strengthen their shells, I'm worried they will start eating their own eggs if one breaks proper

Comment by fiona watt on March 21, 2012 at 9:03pm

HI all, I'm not sure if you are in Ak or not but If you are I just wanted to tell you that we, through the Auckland Council longterm plan submission process, have a chance to have our say about GE in Auckland and through that NZ.  Please read the article/submission below and sign and send it in to the AK Council by the 24th March, if you are in agreement.  That is soon so don't delay.  Thanks everybody.

Please make a submission for the Auckland Council Plan to protect GE-Free food production

Submissions close at 4pm on Friday 23 March.

Use the example points below to write your own submission which can be made on-line through the council website

or just email to:

Subject: Submission to LTCCP Auckland City

Include your

Name/ contact address/ email

Dear Councillors

This submission to the LTCCP 2012/22 relates specifically to keeping Auckland GE-free and addressing community concerns about GMO’s.

The Plan must reflect the health, cultural, economic, and sustainability benefits to Auckland’s diverse communities of preserving local GE-Free food production and the natural environment.

I support a vision for Auckland City that is strongly committed to environmental action and green growth, and ask that The Plan include a strong precautionary GE policy.

Auckland Council should extend the outright prohibition of all GMO land use and GMO aquaculture that is already in place in the Auckland City Council District Plan “Hauraki Gulf and Islands”.

I strongly support Auckland City being a full member of the Inter Council Working Party on GMO Risk Evaluation and Management Options. Funds should be budgeted to ensure that our city can fully participate in the analysis on GMOs and work with other local authorities for the interests of residents.

The Plan should include a precautionary approach and prohibit GMO release because current legislation exposes local communities and ratepayers to unacceptable longterm risks and costs. These risks are recognised as a concern by Local Government NZ and by independent scientists monitoring current failures in regulation of GMOs.

I am concerned that officials have excluded previous submissions to The Plan asking for  Auckland Council’s protection of GE-free production for residents and businesses. Council officials have been wrong to ignore public submissions by claiming the matter is the sole jurisdiction of Central Government.

I request to be kept informed of changes to The Plan as a result of submissions on community  GMO concerns.

I would / would not  like to speak to this submission at hearings in person.

'I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered...'

Thomas Jefferson... 1802

P.S If you want to add anything about removing fluoride from our water supplies that wuld be great too.  Thanks again for reading.

Comment by josephal on March 20, 2012 at 9:04am

Also put food and water in the cage.

Comment by josephal on March 20, 2012 at 9:03am

Do you want her to be broody and hatch some eggs? if you want her to lay eggs you will need to put her in something similar to a wire dog cage up on bricks so air can circulate under her. This will break the broodyness sp? The longer she is broody the longer it will take for her to come out of it.

Comment by Stu Miller on March 20, 2012 at 8:05am

One of our Wyandotte hens has been spending most of the day in the nesting box for the last few days. She sits for about 3 or 4 hours before laying an egg. I've been chasing her out but she heads back in even after laying. Is this just broody behaviour? Should i leave her in there or keep taking her out?

Comment by Derek & Julie Craig on March 13, 2012 at 8:34pm

One of our hens has laid an egg with a crater like hole in the shell. Does anyone have any idea what it could be?

Comment by Matt Moir on March 13, 2012 at 1:32pm

Hi Roxy I give them about a handful per chicken a day and in the evening and I have a cup size scop that I give them in the morning they peck it out of my hand then they free range for 4 to 6 hours I just sent my blue Australorp to puhoi and added a silverlace wyendot in exchange she is locked up in the run now and the others are a little upset rite now until they get used to her

Comment by Roxy Hart on March 13, 2012 at 10:43am

Hi matt,

That sounds like a good healthy mix for your chooks :) how much do you provide per chicken? Do they also free range? 

I checked your photos.. you have some nice looking chickens :)

Comment by Matt Moir on March 12, 2012 at 3:52pm

Plymouth barred rock cockeral lookin for good home I am finally able to start sexing my 3 barred rocks If anyonein the Auckland area is looking for a rooster he is free to a good home message me if interested

Comment by Kristen Morse on March 6, 2012 at 4:02pm

Good on you Katrina. I have been using the roosters we hatch now for a few years and it is a very satisfying feeling to be that little bit more self sufficient. We kill the birds at dusk as they are quieter and we don't want to upset the hens. A quiet bird is also easier to pluck and the meat is more tender if they were relaxed. Having moved recently to a rural location I have been able to breed more chooks and make use of an old aviary to keep the boys separate once they are about 3 months old so they can be fed to gain more size than they would if they were completely free range. Small batches at a time. Heaps more room than barn raised meat birds. You might want to think about the breeds to use for meat as we have found some of the bigger breeds like Orpingtons spend a lot of their energy growing feathers and bone at the expense of meat at that crucial time 3-5 months of age before starting to crow. They have a lean large frame. Also birds with white or yellow legs and lighter colored feathers give a cleaner looking carcass. The pinfeathers that are growing can leave a colored residue just under the skin when pulled out - all the commercial meat birds are white. We have a black Orpington rooster and his genes are dominant over the mixed flock of hens. Hence 90% of his chicks were black. I am thinking of replacing him for next seasons chicks with something like a Light Sussex or Barred Rock roo to get round the appearance thing. Of the 35 chicks we hatched from this season 22 of them were boys, color wise 2 grey hens, 2 barred rock boys and all the rest black.


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