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 Tracey Hamilton on December 12, 2011 at 11:21am

Hi, one of my girls has scaly mite on her legs.  Any suggestions for the best way to treat this?


Comment by Ricardo Oscar Marques on November 28, 2011 at 10:37pm

Mmm, help didnt come, my wife made a sort of cage that I thought would be useless, and Mother duck went to that place to stay with her family.

She really feel safe there.

Now the ducklings are growing and really FAAAAAST.

Comment by Ricardo Oscar Marques on November 24, 2011 at 8:53pm

URGENT MORE HELP: 10 ducklings hatched and the first day we had our first casuality, apparently was taken by a blackbird.

My mother in law saw several blackbirds harrasing them.

I consider the cats, but I live in Mangere, I didnt espect hawcks or anything like that.

Mum doesnt like coops, or any artificial housing, I fear that if I force her  into a run, I may do more damage as she may know better where in the garden wants to go for thermal, forage, rain and other reasons.

I have some birdnet. What do you recommend me?

Force her into a coop?

She prefer the open garden, should I force her to go into a more bushy area?

Could be enough put a zig zag of bird net to make hard for the blackbirds to fly?

Please help, I am working on that.

Thanks for the previous support.

Comment by Matt Moir on November 23, 2011 at 9:39pm

We are thinking of getting a couple free range chooks in our yard in Ellerslie dose anyone leads for where I can get some In the Auckland area?

Comment by Kathrina Muller on November 23, 2011 at 12:31pm

I haven't had ducks so will say what I would do for chicks.  I suggest you hunt for any slugs or snails, and squash them if they are big for the ducklings.  contents of the worm farm, or the bottom of the compost heap, especially if it has plenty of creatures. Try scaping some of the soil from under some mulch and check how many live creatures there are there, and put some in with the ducklings. 

My chicks (and the older hens) love violet seeds.  If you have a pond, with duck weed or azolla I would give them some of that.  Cat food is one thing that has been recommended to me, especially if they need extra protein.  But go easy on the bread.

Baby chickens

Comment by Ricardo Oscar Marques on November 23, 2011 at 11:31am

URGENT PLEASE HELP: My ducklins are hatching NOW, I couldnt go to buy a suitable poultry food, and I dont have suitable transport, plus my child is sick so I cannot go witha  bus

What can I give them on the meantime???

They have 500 square meter for foraging, plus black bread, plus whole corn plus compost to look for bugs, plus food scraps, plus what else can I buy or what sort of stuff from the fridge or pantry.


Comment by kathryn kneepkens on November 16, 2011 at 8:42pm

Well my new babies have settled in, however they seem to be confused as to who their mother is. They ride around on all the big chickens backs. Very funny to watch.

Comment by Kathrina Muller on November 16, 2011 at 8:56am

I forgot to say that Bromely Park, was the main hatchery for Brown Shaver chicks, (till they got burnt down earlier this year)  You used to be able to  buy day old sexed chicks from them, at any time.  This meant that you could be sure to get just femails.   They are near Tuakau in South Auckland.

Comment by Kathrina Muller on November 16, 2011 at 8:43am

Hi Bromly Park have just phoned, they have some day old chicks available finally.  However the friend I wanted them for has already hatched some chicks.

They did say that they would be available at a pet shop in Te Atatu, at least till they sold out, and that they were hoping to have some every 2 or 3 weeks. I think they are getting them up from the South Island, rather than back to hatching their own.


Comment by jerry on November 15, 2011 at 10:20pm

thanks kathrina. i guess a broody hen is a lot cheaper than an incubator .. i don't have either right now. do you know the make of the death-box to avoid?



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