Poultry in Urbania

A group all about how to keep poultry including chickens, bantams,geese and ducks. Help with problems or questions and to brag about your special feathered friends.

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Comment by Jill Green on March 12, 2011 at 2:57pm
Hi Angela I was told only to give a little bit of dog roll to bring hens back to the lay.I understand when they moult you most likely will not get eggs. They need a rest.If shes puffed up shes in trouble my vet said to put them(puffed up) in a hot room.They can take heat.Is she old? My rescue ones live about 18 months.Also do not give hens any dairy foods.I learnt the hard way.I have had the odd soft shelled egg.If in doubt ring the vet. Hope this helps
Comment by Angela Wayenburg on March 12, 2011 at 12:12pm

I need some help please!

 We have had five shavers for just over a year now. Since October they have been inconsistant with laying. A friend suggested that I try giving them a can of cat food, which works for her and brings them back into laying. They loved it but that didn't work.

Then I tried the NZ Gardener recipe (in the last issue) that has had limited success.

My problem is one of the Hens is off her food, and looks puffed up, and keeping away from the other hens. They all look pretty good good apart from a bit of molting.

When I looked at her before she was swatting and produced a soft shelled egg.  The egg looked perfect apart from the shell.

This hen is drinking quite a bit, and the odd bit of grass.

I feed them peck & Lay along with scraps, silverbeet oyster shell, garlic & Cider vinegar in their water.


Any suggestions please!




Comment by Derek & Julie Craig on March 9, 2011 at 10:03pm
I have been growing watercress in a container next to our fishpond. This weekend the chickens where let out and discovered that they like watercress! So now it will take a bit longer before we have that watercress salad.
Comment by Derek & Julie Craig on March 9, 2011 at 10:01pm
Comment by Dirt Doctor Jacob&Hana on February 22, 2011 at 5:40pm
Anyone in the Wellington/Hutt/Kapiti area interested in having our 6 Rhode Island Red chooks from June 5 - Aug 25? With our awesome chicken ark/tractor? They are vigorous free rangers, love to be put to work scratching (might want to clear grasses around your orchard?), and are great layers! All organic, we'd provide feed etc. Check out our blog on chooks and ark, they're beauties.
Comment by Margaret Beers Oliver on February 18, 2011 at 6:27pm
Really well done Janet! I loved many of your videos!!
Comment by Pete Russell on February 18, 2011 at 4:38pm
That is a fab video Janet.  May I pop it on the Ooooby Blog?  With attribution to your blog of course.
Comment by Janet Luke on February 18, 2011 at 4:17pm

None of us like doing it but sometimes you may have to. If a dog gets into your coop and hurts your feathered friends it is important to know how to quickly and humanely kill them.


I have made this short clip to show you how I do it.

Comment by Mo Buttner-Jenkins on February 16, 2011 at 3:39pm
All great info both Kristen & Petra, I currently have large breeds 2x barnevelder & 5x shavers. Am debating whether to add to this bantams for future chicks maybe. Should introducing 1 bantam at 12 weeks plus be ok to the older girls, or would I be better to get 2 bantams so they have each other for more company and to make introductions more smoother.
Comment by Kristen Morse on February 14, 2011 at 4:43pm
I wouldn't recommend introducing chicks younger than 6 weeks to a group of adult hens unless they have a hen looking after them. they will be pecked and bullied and not get a fair go at the food. Chicks need heat for the first 5-6 weeks and need to be in a protected space if around other poultry. If you have a broody hen you can place chicks up to 3 days old under her at night and she should accept them, then treat them as her own. She will keep them warm and chase off anything that threatens them until they are old enough to look after them selves.

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