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Episode 5 of our Corona virus lockdown is all about the birds here at the tiny farm. Japanese quail and chickens.

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Comment by Dianne Caswell on April 3, 2020 at 7:18

I would so love to have Chooks but I'm not allowed, so I just have to admire other peoples. You are all so lucky, I would actually love a mini miniature Goat.

Comment by Jeff Kiehne on April 2, 2020 at 19:07

Buying fertilized eggs probably be most cost effective.

Comment by Christa on April 2, 2020 at 16:48

We, or should I say, I would love to have a couple of chickens. I think the fox terriers would get used to them but I don't think the big python will take no for an answer. We have had no rats lately and even the possums have relocated.  We have native chooks though, and they are very nervous in this yard. 

There was a hatchery on the Darling Downs where you could order some heritage breeds of chickens and they used to deliver them, don't know if they still exist.  The best non heritage chooks that we have had were Isa Browns.

Comment by Sophie on April 1, 2020 at 8:51
Nice meal Doug! Thanks Susan - can I ask what you feed your chooks and whether they free range? I heard high protein diets get them laying more in winter etc?
Comment by Doug Hanning on March 31, 2020 at 20:11

Great idea Jeff, I think once these chooks bite the dust will just get more ducks for pest control and just eat quail eggs instead. Had a 100% homegrown meal tonight, not fancy but filling

Comment by Susan on March 31, 2020 at 18:31

Hi Sophie, you won't go without eggs this winter for your POL - I have found that when they are ready they will produce regardless of the seasons.  OUr seasons don't much affect the chooks - that is really more for much colder climes than ours.  My older heritage girls do go off lay for about 4 weeks at peak of winter but that could be due to moulting. They ALL will go off lay in Peak summer when it has been really hot and dry.  I agree Doug, that hybrids really are best value for egg laying and my 2 are the friendliest of my birds.  Araucana's are pretty good as well but like you say - live forever.  My 2 araucana girls are the oldest of my flock (5 years old) and only lay about 40 eggs per year now but I'm keeping them for now :)

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on March 31, 2020 at 16:59

Sophie - Then yeah, absolutely.  That's exactly what I do.  My chooks are Big Bertha the barred Plymouth Rock, Buffy who is a buff Orpington and Megghan who is a Sussex.  

Doug - there's no way a chicken is going to get knocked over here either mate.  That's what quails are for!

Comment by Sophie on March 31, 2020 at 15:53

Thanks - I got them in January at about 14 weeks (?). An araucana and a wyandotte. They are so pretty :) When I meant join the crew, I meant metaphorically - in separate areas, but part of the family :) 

Comment by Jeff Kiehne on March 31, 2020 at 13:14

If you had hybrids could also swap without noticing.

Comment by Doug Hanning on March 31, 2020 at 11:31

We have 2 brown leghorns, 2 rhode island reds and one australorp and I wish I had have just got hybrids because she that shall not be named will not let me put them in soup as she doesnt see them as produce. The problem with these heritage breeds is they live for ages and they only lay consistantly for a few years. At least the hybrids dont live that long so not feeding them for years with not much return. The quail are completely my domain so we can stop any attachments. Butchered 5 males last night so I now have 24 hens and 6 roos.

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