Poultry

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Protecting Your Chicken or Poultry Pen from Snakes

This article was updated on 27 Oct 2015 Summer in Queensland, Australia (where I live) means snake season and it’s the same for many other places around the world. Snakes are fine in the wild but around the home they are not so welcome and if you keep chickens you can be rest assured snakes

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Chicken Feeder Wars – Royal Rooster Vs Dine-a-Chook

There’s a power struggle happening in the chicken feeder business between two emerging chicken feeder backyard manufacturing “giants” called Royal Rooster and Dine-a-Chook. Both chicken feeder manufacturers have a large presence on eBay because there’s no better place to test out a home-made idea or invention and see if a market can be created. If

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Brisbane Based Chicken Breeder Heritage Hatching & Hens Review

If you are looking to buy chickens or other poultry in the Brisbane and surrounding areas it’s hard to go past Heritage Hatching & Hens as the place to go.    Brisbane based chicken breeder Heritage Hatching & Hens has turned a hobby into a growing small business in selling purebred chickens and in my

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My 6 Recommendations For Keeping Ducks In The Backyard

This post gives a simple guide and my six recommendations for keeping ducks in the backyard like: eating and drinking needs, habitat requirements, sociability, and general care. Some people may not realise that ducks are as easy to keep as chickens but to ensure this special breed of poultry is kept happy in the backyard

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Breeding Japanese or Coturnix Quail – A Backyard Guide

This is a simple guide about breeding Japanese or coturnix quail in the backyard and basically my assessment of the most relevant information people need to know for breeding new quail stock and practically how I breed my own quails. I've tried to write this article based on my experiences and incorporate my thought processes

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Can You Keep Ducks & Chickens Together?

Yes, you can keep ducks and chickens together is the short answer but there are some special considerations to be made if you plan to keep both of these beautiful poultry breeds side-by-side. Therefore, in this short article I’ve selected the most important areas to consider when keeping ducks and chickens together pointing out where

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How to Get Different Coloured Chicken Eggs Naturally

We all know the benefits of keeping chickens and producing your own eggs but how about being really different and producing a carton of eggs with several different colours like: white, chocolate, brown, speckled, and even blue!   Yes that’s right, chicken eggs can come in a variety of different colours and even multi-coloured so what

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Chickens are smart and I can prove it!

Before I get into my little story, which proved to me beyond doubt how chickens can learn from a single experience and remember it for years, I would like to quickly outline some other observations and opinions I have about them. Also, at the end of this post are two videos: the first one is

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Ducks Eating Into Dam/Pond Wall Fix

This article was updated on 14 Apr 2015  When I first built our duck dam/pond I never imagined these cute waddling birds could do so much damage with their bills to the walls! Seemingly overnight, our ducks had eaten away large segments of dam wall where the water lapped the earth and caused so much

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Fully Enclosed Chicken Pen is Needed to Keep Out Predators

This article was updated on 27 Apr 2015  When I first built our chicken enclosure/pen I had to compromise quite a lot because of the number of large gum trees in the way. This meant, I couldn’t build a conventional rectangle or box enclosure without cutting down a heap of trees and I wasn’t prepared

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100 Ways to Catch a Chicken

There are several reasons why chicken keepers around the world need to occasionally catch their birds. Whether it be, grooming for a poultry show, to give medication, eat, or just for a friendly cuddle & pat, this article explains the many different ways to catch a chicken.   1 – Chase it down If you’re

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Home-grown Quail from Egg to Plate in 10 Easy Steps

When people mention poultry for backyard suburbia the first bird which comes to mind is the chicken. And why not? I mean, the humble chicken is easy to look after, there’s lots of information out there about keeping chickens, and everyone is familiar with chicken eggs. However, say the “quail” word and most people have

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