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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Picky Chickies! Introducing new foods to growing birds... 1 Reply

Started by Kelly Ronayne. Last reply by Jewels Annabell Jan 28.

neem oil

Started by Kirsten Fathers Dec 11, 2013.

Local Organic Chicken Feed 13 Replies

Started by Susie. Last reply by Tihei Mauri Ora Dec 10, 2013.

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Comment by Kirsten Fathers 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 Fathers 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 Fathers 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!!!

Comment by Shona Cullen on October 27, 2013 at 11:32am

Try trademe for your chickens if you dont have a poultry club near you, or google a club near you for information, I am in Manuwatu so to far away to supplie you as it can cost alot to travel the birds, worth it if you are after something special. eg; Cochin, langshaw, corination sussex, barred plymouth rock, sebright anything you really fancy.

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

Kirsten - not a good idea with hay as it is full of seeds and will add to the weeds but old or even new straw, wood chipped or untreated saw dust is better. At your local sawmill is the best place as they have lots they want rid of so will sell you trailer loads for cheap! happy gardening - PS: I give my chickens old hay and they eat the seeds, but if you put it on your garden they will scratch your plants too.


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