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    Quote Originally Posted by JJZK View Post
    I've had one particularly nasty roo, but the boys I have now are sweeties.
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    I've shot 3 in the last 6 months because they were aggressive. Roos don't go well at our place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amyd View Post
    I've shot 3 in the last 6 months because they were aggressive. Roos don't go well at our place.
    Yep we cull too. It's too dangerous with the kids.

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    Made some changes. Pulled their old house out of the yard and put these two new plastic ones in.
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    The one nearest the camera has their water bowl in it. It's one of those automatic dog bowl type ones with a float valve.
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    The other one has a little roosting rack in it made from some short coppers logs (like the ones holding the sails up).

    We erected some new shade sails for them which gives them some additional shade during the day, but the opportunity to lay in the open.
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    The ground looks rough as we did have other stuff stored here before the chooks which killed the grass, but we plan to reseed it like crazy once the weather cools down.

    We built this shaded area now and moved the nesting boxes under it.
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    It previously just went a straight line back to the fence so we made the extra little corner and put doubled over shade cloth on top.

    We get quite hot here for chickens and don't get cold in winter really so the plastic houses and this shaded area should be more than enough housing for them. We don't have issues with predators. Our tin fence is quite secure and our big bengal cat is very territorial. They like to sleep outside unless it's raining and the little houses provide shelter for that.

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    Overall I'm really happy with how it looks.

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    We have these two buckets in the kitchen. The white one is for chook scraps. The black one is for the scraps we don't want going to the chooks. It's a liquid composter. So it breaks down and we get a liquid for our garden and the food leftovers from it go into our big compost outside. IMG_1485496204.014041.jpg
    It's in the corner near the chook yard because, in their nest boxes etc we put down sugar cane mulch (it's soft and they love rolling in it). So when we clean it out, it goes in the compost, complete with chook poo.
    Pretty good little system we have going I think.

    I also ran a soaker hose along the inside of the fence from the gate, around to under the shaded bit so that will hopefully help next week when we are in the 40s again.

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    Awesome set up @Ahalfdozen

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    That's such a good set up! You're an awesome chicken Mum @Ahalfdozen

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    My serial broody is at it again. Hubby found her in our neighbours yard with 11 babies!

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    One of the girls was a bit happy to see us when we got home from the shops, hopped in the car when I opened the door! Haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hollywood View Post
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    One of the girls was a bit happy to see us when we got home from the shops, hopped in the car when I opened the door! Haha
    Ha ha! Little character!

    We have one girl that comes inside whenever she gets a chance. She heads straight to the kitchen looking for food.

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    Does anyone have any tips on raising placid roosters? We hatch our own chicks periodically but have always ended up with aggressive roosters, even when we have just kept one rooster. Is it all just luck of the draw, or is there some chicken whispering at play?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zalimama View Post
    Does anyone have any tips on raising placid roosters? We hatch our own chicks periodically but have always ended up with aggressive roosters, even when we have just kept one rooster. Is it all just luck of the draw, or is there some chicken whispering at play?
    I think it is a bit of both. I have a friend that processes a lot of roosters. She believes that the bigger the testes, the more aggressive the rooster.

    I think it is also important that you always keep the pecking order the way it should be, you at the top. A rooster will always be trying to get over the top of you, you have to be the boss.

    Roosters are also very protective of their girls, especially if the girls are brooding or have chicks.

    Failing all of these points, I will cull if they threaten to get too aggressive.

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