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Chooks - Ducks - Quails

All Poultry - Everything from industrial strength chickens to Bantams, Ducks, Quails etc. Ask questions, share your knowledge and experiences. We love our chickens!

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Comment by Andrew Cumberland on July 5, 2015 at 19:50

I also find it's best to introduce them late in the arvo.  The overnight sleep over seems to help the bonding process.  And unlike Susanne, I forgot Betty's wings weren't clipped.  Had over an hour's fun keeping her in the yard and getting her out of the tree.  

Comment by Susanne on July 5, 2015 at 18:55
I introduce 2 at a time and have them in a seperate fully enclosed run for a week, within or adjacent to the chook yard where they can all see each other and get a little used to the fact that the dynamics are going to change.
My main coop is open to the sky so I will trim a wing of the new girls as they can be flighty till they get into their egg laying routine and become more matronly.
I've never had trouble with mixing breeds/bantams in the flock.
Comment by Dave Riley on July 5, 2015 at 15:58

I have two chooks in a large pen. We get on fine. Respect each other's privacy. But I want more eggs so I'd like to add another two chooks.

Last time I added stock I got pecking order savagery so I'm a bit wary. Is it best, do you think, to add two at once or stagger the additions?

Are there other work arounds?

I'd prefer to get bantams but I doubt that they will co-exist comfortably with the larger poultry. True? I mean given that I have two already ruling the roost...

I've always had bantams in the past....and I miss those gals.

Comment by Jessie Wells on June 22, 2015 at 23:41

To anyone who has backyard chickens/ducks/turkeys or other feathered friends in SEQ:

Could you spare a few minutes to help a study on the possible presence of Antibiotic resistant bacteria in backyard poultry?  

Researchers are looking for people who have healthy backyard flocks (4–99 birds) of any kind in south-east Queensland. (Chickens, turkeys, waterfowl, pigeons/doves etc.)

The study involves 1. the collection of some poop from the ground or a perch ("an environmental sample of avian faecal material"); the birds don't need to be touched, as the poop can be sampled wherever the birds left it. This doesn't involve giving any antibiotics, since it is about understanding the bacteria present among your birds, not about altering them.
2. a short questionnaire either electronically or via post.

If you can help, please contact UQ researcher: 
David Wakeham or Ph (07) 5460 1090

Comment by Lissa on June 21, 2015 at 5:17

:) Whoa Black Betty.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on June 20, 2015 at 23:59

Just letting you know - Bette came into lay a week ago.  1 a day now.  

Comment by Lissa on May 2, 2015 at 7:27

Thanks to Ann Gibson Microgardener:

Comment by Lissa on June 22, 2014 at 4:58

Sounds like a great set up you will have David. Pics would be nice too :)

Comment by David Hatcher on June 21, 2014 at 23:13

I am breeding Golden Legbars and Anconas as most back yard chooks last for 2 seasons and then egg production is down I want to have Good but not stupendous producers that will last 4 years plus for families so kids can have productive pets for longer.  I used to have Dorkings but as the tend to go broody they don't fit the bill for a average backyard chook.

I try and have my breeders close to the house and the others up near the neighbours' fences so they don't have the rooster noise so bad.

I am working to have 8 pens for the worker hens so I can rotate them through and grow vegies in the other 7 pens.  I just need time so I can get them done.

Comment by Lissa on March 25, 2014 at 4:50

My neighbour is selling her chook run. See HERE for details.


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