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    Default the chook thread :)

    what do breed do you find the best for laying? what do you feed them? how many eggs/#of chooks do you get? how many hours a day do they free range?

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    i'm getting chooks soon and those are all questions i wanna know the answer too

    great thread idea

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    Thanks we have some rhode island reds and black ones (not sure what they are called) i want more, i like a bit of a motley crew

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    Quote Originally Posted by I am not Esther View Post
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    i'm getting chooks soon and those are all questions i wanna know the answer too

    great thread idea
    Dont know if you are interested but theres a thread on vege gardens in this section too

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    I really REALLY want to get some chooks!!!!

    At the moment we have a neighbour who has two dogs, and they let them out to run around and stuff, so i'd be too scared to have chooks at the moment incase they attack them.

    Its okay though... they just put their house on the market! YAY!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ready To Run View Post
    Dont know if you are interested but theres a thread on vege gardens in this section too
    ok, at the risk of sounding like a total freak - i'm moving in with another mum who likes to do the outside work.

    so i'm leaving chooks/gardening to her but i figured i could compile research anyway.
    i'll do the cooking with the eggs we get

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laa View Post
    I really REALLY want to get some chooks!!!!

    At the moment we have a neighbour who has two dogs, and they let them out to run around and stuff, so i'd be too scared to have chooks at the moment incase they attack them.

    Its okay though... they just put their house on the market! YAY!
    Heres to hoping they get a quick sale

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    Quote Originally Posted by I am not Esther View Post
    ok, at the risk of sounding like a total freak - i'm moving in with another mum who likes to do the outside work.

    so i'm leaving chooks/gardening to her but i figured i could compile research anyway.
    i'll do the cooking with the eggs we get
    nothing beats the bright orange yolks of home grown eggs - they taste amazing

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    My Dad has Isa Browns - he gets an egg a day from them (although there are peiods of the year where they go off laying a bit). He feeds them all food scraps (I save all ours for him - my food scraps for his free-range eggs!) supplemented with chook pellets - which I think they need to help keep them laying. Because they get lots of food scraps, they don't really need much pellets, so I think are fairly cheap to keep. He has them in a 20x5m yard, and lets them out into the wider garden to forage for slugs & bugs probably once a week (or more if my Mum's away - they dig up her garden beds & she hates it!)
    I wish I had space for some of my own

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    We have Isa Browns, Australorps (the black ones) and white leg horns. Ours were brought point of lay (so just laying at 20 weeks) and we get about an egg a day off each! We feed them layer pellets and grains, plus they get lots of goodies free-ranging!

    We also brought an Isa Brown rooster a little while ago and an incubator and now have over 40 chicks!! We'll sell the hens when they get older and the roosters will end up in the pot. I don't eat much meat, but when I do I would prefer that I know they have led a good life before ending up dinner - not like the poor factory chooks on sale in the supermarkets! (And no way am I doing it myself - we know where to take them for that).

    Ours were free range full time - they would roost in their coop overnight - until recently. All the rain has led to what is called coccidiosis in two of our goats we think may be from the chook poo. It is a naturally occuring parasite that can get out of control in the wet conditions. It meant the goats ended up scouring (diarrhea). So the poor chooks have been locked up until we get more sunshine and treat everyone. But their coop is huge anyway .

    Chickens are great! And you cannot beat fresh, free range eggs for flavour!

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