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4 Best Livestock Guardian Dogs for Chickens

Keeping your own chickens at home can be exciting! But chickens are food for many predators, so you might be wondering how to keep your chickens safe. Aside from building a coop or pen, there are actually dogs that can guard your chickens, known as livestock guardian dogs. This article outlines the four best livestock

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5 Practical Steps Towards Food Security

The rapidly rising price of food, especially fresh produce, isn’t news to any of us these days. Basic living is getting tougher everywhere: inflation is up, interest rates are higher, and supply chains are stretched to breaking point. Being scared won’t help, because it doesn’t lead us to safety or rational thought. But there are

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Chicken Electric Fence Walk Around [Podcast]

In this podcast, I go for a walk around our electric fence to inspect the perimeter and ensure our poultry are safe from predator attack.    We’ve had our electric fence for over 12 months now and it has proven to be a valuable and impenetrable barrier between the nasty outside world and our chickens.   I

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Chicken Tractor Vs Static Pen in a Suburban Backyard

Chicken tractors and static chicken coops or runs/pens are both good ways to house a backyard flock of hens; but, there are key differences besides the obvious (of one being mobile and the other not) that people should take into account before they make their final decision to buy. The main thing you will want

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How to Make a Free No Mess Chicken or Duck Poultry Feeder DIY

If you're looking to get chickens and wondering what type of feeder is best to buy than before spending a lot of money perhaps try making a chicken feeder yourself – it's easy and could cost you absolutely nothing! In this short article, I'll show you step by step how I made my chicken feeder.

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Real Truth about Mite & Lice Treatment for Chickens or Other Poultry

Introduction Article updated on 17th October 2018. Over the years as a backyard chicken keeper and breeder, I’ve heard lots of claims and remedies for how to safely treat mites or lice on chickens and other poultry; such as products like ivermectin, Maldison 50, Permethrin (synthetic pyrethrum), Carbaryl (Sevin), pest powders, dipping solutions. Or, more

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Can Sorghum Seed be Grown as Feed for Your Chickens?

I started growing sorghum by accident after it self-seeded in my vegetable garden. I’m positive the seed hitched a ride in the garden mulch I used recycled from our chicken pen. There’s nothing better on the garden and around plants than used mulch from the chicken pen mixed with manure!  Anyway, I decided to let a considerable

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Do Chicken and Duck Eggs Taste The Same?

 Yes there is a difference between chicken and duck eggs A question I often hear or get asked is do duck eggs taste the same as chicken eggs? The simple answer is NO but having said that, the differences for most people are not obvious. Standard duck eggs are usually bigger than chicken eggs by

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Chicken Feed Scooper Made From Coke Soda Bottle

Make a free DIY chicken feed scooper today! Here's a nice simple tip to make a DIY scooper for those who keep chickens and any other animal for that matter requiring the scooping out of feed from a bin or bag etc. The DIY feed scooper is made out of a soda/soft drink bottle, such

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How Many Chickens Do I Need?

How many chickens should you keep? How many chickens does the average newbie chicken keeper really need? Or, how many chickens should I start out with? These are two common questions asked by people who want to start keeping chickens but aren't quite sure about egg laying or chicken maintenance. The first thing I say

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Can I Keep Just One Chicken?

Can you just keep one chicken I should you have more? Can I keep just one chicken or will it fret? One of the great things about chickens is their versatility. They are also an independent animal and often like to be on their own. Therefore, it is OK to keep just one chicken because

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When Will My Chickens Start Laying?

Here's some info on when chickens start laying eggs Chickens usually start laying between 16 to 20 weeks or around 4 to 5 months old; however, it can take a little longer for hens to settle in and start laying especially if they have been moved to a new area or spent a fair amount

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What Does “Point of Lay Chickens” Mean?

You often hear the term "point of lay" in association with buying or selling chickens so what does point of lay actually mean? Simply, the term "point of lay" means hens which have matured to the stage when they should be starting to lay eggs. The time it usually takes for a good laying breed

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Keeping Chickens Guide (General Outline)

Article revised on 10 April 2015. This article is a very basic outline but we have plenty of other articles also about chicken keeping in our poultry section. When I initially decided to investigate getting chickens the very first question that came into my mind was how easy are chickens to keep? At the time I

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Hen Gathering

Chicken Vs Goanna Vs Mortgage

I have a black hen who loves to come and visit me. She's a smart girl and definitely the smartest chicken out of all my hens and I say this because she's the only one (out of 15) that deliberately finds a way under my temporary fencing only to navigate 60 metres up to the

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Mixed Grain Chicken Feed

Chicken Feed for Laying Hens

Is feeding chickens as simple as feeding a pet cat or dog? Well, yes, and no. When people first start researching about what to feed their chooks they soon realise there are many answers. And, most of what I have read (and heard) is completely fine; however, there are some areas worth exploring more when

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Chicken Feed Test (experiment)

  Introduction This post on chicken feed test is a short supplementary article to complement my YouTube video “Chicken Feed Test”. I wanted to further explain the test and results for the benefit of anyone who is just visiting and hasn't yet seen the video and for those who are just interested in the reasoning

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Quail/Chicken Run Build – Lessons Learnt

Several months prior to this article I wrote a two part “How to” article on how to build a quail or chicken run. The interest in this article has been exciting to see and I'm glad this particular project is grabbing peoples curiosity as I wasn't sure if our readers would enjoy my DIY building

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Best Nesting Or Laying Boxes For Chickens

Introduction     Article updated 30 Sep 2019   Provide a spot or box with some straw and your hens will happily lay eggs it's that simple, jobs done – sad to say it isn't quite that simple. After much trial and error, open-eyed surprises, shaking head disappointments, wasted money, wasted eggs, and lost time, I have evolved

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