Poultry in Urbania

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Comment by Jenny Freewalker on October 4, 2012 at 9:06am

l have had a large puriri tree pruned and have kindling in excess of needs for next year, about a trailer load of twigs and small branches. Free for the taking West Auckland area

Comment by Rudi Brown on September 28, 2012 at 10:07pm

Hi guys, a friend is keen to bring eggs over for my silki to hatch. Her hens had suspected chicken bronchitis 3-4months ago. Do you think there is any risk to take her eggs into my coop? :-) Also one of her hens has lasting effects (ridged egg shells) as a result, even tho the hen itself seems healthy now. should we avoid hatching those ones? 

Comment by Tara McFarlane on September 26, 2012 at 11:13am

We're out in Bombay - so if you feel like a lovely drive in the country, we have beautiful free range, super yellow yolked eggs from happy chickens around my apple trees.

Comment by Rudi Brown on September 25, 2012 at 9:57am

You could always bring your eggs over to my house and try letting my silki sit on them :) I live in central AK.

Comment by Kate on September 25, 2012 at 9:41am

If anyone does want their constantly broodie hen I will take her. We want to raise chicks:)

Comment by Hanna on September 25, 2012 at 8:43am

I'm the same as Kate, I'd love to have one of my chickens go broody. They've got a lovely warm, dark nest with some dummy eggs in it, but I've got no takers. Anything else I could try?

Comment by Kathrina Muller on September 25, 2012 at 5:02am

i have a wire cage the type that I put a hen in if I want to stop her being broody.  It is best to use it as soon as you see hints of wanting to go broody.  The important thing is that air moves under her and it is not dark and sheltered. 

However I cured the neighbours broody in just over 24 hours this weekend.  I put her in with my hens She got a hard time when the others were out but  a lot of the time she just concentrated in keeping out of her way.   You do want to be careful about putting strange hens in with your flock though because of disease. 

Some hens are persistantly broody. Like try to go broody every couple of weeks.   Good if you do want to raise some chicks naturally but if not.

Comment by Kate on September 24, 2012 at 11:32pm

I would love one of my chickens to go clucky so we can get some babies. I got some bantams and they just keep on laying eggs with no sign of getting clucky.... is there a way to help them get CLUCKY!

Comment by Rudi Brown on September 24, 2012 at 12:13pm

Awesome, great suggestions thanks. I built an extension to our coup which acts well as an isolation chamber also, :-) so it will work well for her to sleep in there tonight. Hannah I would so love to hatch more baby hens, but we probably sadly all ready have enough  :-)

Comment by Emma Reynolds on September 24, 2012 at 12:08pm

We are dealing with a broody Orpington at the moment. We are using a method which has been recommended to us by several people- you pop them into a wire bottomed cage in a well lit area as broody hens love warm dark places. The wire base allows the air to circulate and while they dont like it, it works. 

As Hannah said, you need to lower the temperature of the chook- some people dunk them into cold water. 

Our girl is still in her cage as we left it a bit long- long enough that one of the others started laying under a bush- so you do need to be careful that yours dont do this! 


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