"if you get really desparate i could take him, but really want a hen with him so we can start a golden wyandotte family. i also want a plymouth rock hen if anyone knows a good laying strain. i love heirloom chickens.... "
"Not a chance of them digging up the possum carcasses as the trees are inside an electric netting fence which the dogs are scared of. The naughty dogs frightened todays trapped possum so much with their barking before I had time to get to it and the…"
"Would the chooks eat the possum carcass instead of putting it in a bucket for maggot farming - is this grose or a way of dealing with my trapped possum carcasses. I get a possum a day in my trap and am wondering if its a less smelly way of…"
My hubby bought me a gun like you suggested and so far we have shot 2 possums caught in our trap. I have plucked their fur and chopped the hind legs off for the dogs and front legs for the cats. Then buried the carrasses under fruit trees…"
"Thanks so much for your reply. You gave lots of good advice and I will try the air rifle idea first. I can easily put it right up close to the possums head. My only worry is if I miss and the bullet hits the metal cage and ricochets back to…"
I could catch a possum a night from our property in my live capture cage, but I dont know how to kill them once I catch them. I dont have a gun, and dont fancy putting my hand into the cage to pull it out and knock it on the head just in case it…"
"Wow, I never knew that the poultry would eat alfalfa. Do you let them graze it or do you have to process it in some way. I have sown a garden of sunflowers to use as a feed supplement. My girls have loved it in the past. Also I want to plant…"
"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!"
"Would it be inhumane to lock the chooks away for a few days and mix chilli peppers into the food in the feeder!! In the kids book 'The Lighthouse Keepers Lunch' they made mustard sandwiches to stop the seagulls eating his lunch! Perhaps a…"
"what a good idea about contacting DOC for some traps. I will do that Kali. Earl now that you mention the stoat on your place getting the rabbits - I noticed that the rabbits had disappeared. Now they are gone I guess that stoat is hungry. AHhhh"
"Last night I awoke to my chickens screaming. Knowing it was something attaching them I ran yelling into their coup. They all came rushing at me to be picked up except one. The Bossy One, who I had secretly resented for her bossy ways, had lost her…"
"Oh no! They wont use the $195 feeder. That is heart breaking. At least they lay well. So do you just have to have it propped open all the time? I guess it can be closed at night to stop mice, and that only leaves the birds to eat all their food…"
"Well after being totally emasculated by the golden girls, he hasn't made a sound. Not holding my breath as I am sure he will start soon enough. Thanks so much for him. He is being flirted with shamefully by the golden girls so will let one in…"
This year I put in my first garden. I turned an ancient dead shub, root bound, aggapantha fulled garden into my vege plot. It took 3 months of hard slog every morning to clear the patch. The cucumbers, tomatoes and pumpkins all got diseases and for all my work I got 1 cucumber, a small crop of tomotoes and 2 pumpkins. Beetroot has been my only true success and I pull one out each day to add to my morning smoothie.
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He hasn't started crowing- though we do have an Orpington rooster who has been crowing (of sorts) for over a month. Although we are in Te Atatu, we technically live in an industrial area so don't have any neighbours to complain about our roos! :D
Having chooks certainly is a good learning experience! We have only had them for 6 months but have learnt a lot in that time and there is a wealth of information around if you have any issues (http://www.poultrycentral.co.nz/ is good)
Looking online, it seems to vary a lot when they start crowing- he does 'honk' of sorts, and his feathers have just started coming through (we were so hopeful he was a girl) so I expect it shouldn't be too long.
You are more than welcome to come and see our set up and pick him up- I am home with a toddler during the week but we are around most of the weekend too. My number is 098200143. :)
Hi Kate, we would love you to have our roo! He is 17 weeks old and is really sweet. (hopefully the photo works below- it was taken last week)
We are based in Te Atatu South but do head out to Kumeu to buy our chook feed, so could drop him off once you are all set up.
We haven't actually had day old Pekins- we have 2 flocks- 8 bantams and a group of mainly full sized Orpingtons. We had 12 day old chicks- 6 from a breeder in Helensville (barred rocks and light sussex) and 6 Orpingtons from a breeder in Coatsville- all sourced from Trademe. We have a bantam roo though so hopefully in the future we will have chicks.
Hi Kate, I think you may be meaning Tree Lucerne which is also called Tagasaste. These are different from Tree Lupins. This is the tree crop that is useful for establishing new grounds. Cheers, Bridget
Kate I've sent you a reply through seed exchange, and a request to be your friend, I need to know your address if you'd like the seeds. The plants/trees grwo really quickly from seeds. Regards, Jean W.
Hey Kate The new chook coop is being painted tomorrow and assembled thursday morning I'm pickin it up most likly thursday afternoon Ill post some pics hopefully this weekend and your welcome to come over and take a look if you like Cheers Matt
Hi Kate have just looked at your profile and see that you live in North Harbour. I live in North Shore Albany/Glenfield border. If you want and expect a garden in transition, (looking a mess) you could come over for a looksee, if we can make arrangements as to time and day