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 Kali on May 6, 2014 at 5:42am

Hi Karen, things will settle down, these ladies just need to get used to each other. chicken politics and pecking order is a curious thing!

Comment by karen sainsbury on May 5, 2014 at 7:50pm

hi everyone, I have just bought four brown shavers from a commercial free range farm.  There are over a 1000 chickens there so they probably haven't had much of a social hierarchy. Problem is, one of them seems to be getting pecked, not mercilessly however.  I have been watching them and I think it's a combination of the peckee not being very sociable, and trying to avoid/ run past the others.  They are in a small space for a few days until they get used to their house and then will be free ranging.  First day I had them they all laid, second day there were three eggs, third day one egg.  The pecked hen hides out in the house and I think it may be getting territorial of the space there, which is right beside the laying box.  Would this be putting the others off laying? Should I pen her off in the morning until the others have laid?

Comment by Kirsten on January 18, 2014 at 6:18pm

Hiya Brian, Went there this arvo, lots wanting it, must be the summer project eh?

How are your chooks going? made anything wonderful out of "rubbish" lately?

Comment by Brian Adam on January 18, 2014 at 9:02am

Hi Kirsty. Tried asking in freecycle for chicken wire, etc?

Comment by Sandi Gamon on January 18, 2014 at 7:39am

I'm new to keeping chickens, & 2 of my 3 ladies have scaly leg. I've cleaned the coop & put fresh straw in - we've been putting vaseline on their legs too - any other tips??

Comment by Kirsten on January 17, 2014 at 10:23pm

Does any one have lengths of chicken wire they aren't using? I am looking to build a temporary run for my six chooks. I'm wanting to get them onto an area i want to garden & it's not suitable for chicken tractoring.

Comment by Kirsten on December 8, 2013 at 10:10am

Has anyone used neem oil to spray their chookhouse? How did it go? does a withholding period apply?

Comment by Catherine on October 31, 2013 at 12:38pm

Also, if anyone knows where to get heirloom chicks/pullets in Christchurch, it would be appreciated

Comment by Catherine on October 31, 2013 at 11:19am

Hi Everyone

I d like to try to grow day year old chicks. Does anyone know if there is a course or some kind of quick training I can get in Christchurch to do the things right? I had a look at a lot of information online, but I feel like being showed once would be more efficient.


Comment by Shona Cullen on October 27, 2013 at 11:37am

Yes Lynda I agree they are the most interesting and fun to have, they are so happy to have such a good life that they follow you, some climb on your shoulders, some like to come in the house, some knock on the window to tell you is feeding time, and much much more. I have lost all my (as I call them Mangy) girls and I really miss them, my other chooks are great but they were something special!!!


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