Poultry, Domestic Livestock, Pets, & Bees

Caring for and growing animals - includes poultry (chickens, ducks, quail, etc); family pets (dogs, cats, birds, etc); bees, and more!

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  1. Mark

    Question Worried about chicken water drinkers freezing over winter when going away

    Crikey! I can imagine how cold that would be. It's interesting how other water stations freeze up but the drum and attachments don't but I suppose apart from the stored heat in the concrete...
    Crikey! I can imagine how cold that would be. It's interesting how other water stations freeze up but the drum and attachments don't but I suppose apart from the stored heat in the concrete being under cover/enclosed would help too.
    Crikey! I can imagine how cold that would be. It's interesting how other water stations freeze up but the drum and attachments don't but I suppose apart from the stored heat in the concrete being under cover/enclosed would help too.
    Crikey! I can imagine how cold that would be. It's interesting how other water stations freeze up but the drum and attachments don't but I suppose apart from the stored heat in the concrete...
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  2. stevo

    Question Worm Farm?

    There's no doubt worm juice is great in the garden Stevo so congrats on your purchase and I'm looking forward to hearing all about your worm farm over time. Also, the worm casings are supposed to...
    There's no doubt worm juice is great in the garden Stevo so congrats on your purchase and I'm looking forward to hearing all about your worm farm over time. Also, the worm casings are supposed to work wonders in the garden! There's a few gardeners I follow on YT who actively use and swear by...
    There's no doubt worm juice is great in the garden Stevo so congrats on your purchase and I'm looking forward to hearing all about your worm farm over time. Also, the worm casings are supposed to work wonders in the garden! There's a few...
    There's no doubt worm juice is great in the garden Stevo so congrats on your purchase and I'm looking forward to hearing all about your worm farm over time. Also, the worm casings are supposed to...
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  3. Steve

    Question Why does one of my chooks 'cluck' like crazy?

    They can sometimes cluck like crazy when you take their eggs too...
    They can sometimes cluck like crazy when you take their eggs too...
    They can sometimes cluck like crazy when you take their eggs too...
    They can sometimes cluck like crazy when you take their eggs too...
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  4. Mark

    Why do calves drink cows pee?

    Well, that was very interesting! Thanks @Director - something to watch for... :) Wish I could keep a few cows :(
    Well, that was very interesting! Thanks @Director - something to watch for... :) Wish I could keep a few cows :(
    Well, that was very interesting! Thanks @Director - something to watch for... :) Wish I could keep a few cows :(
    Well, that was very interesting! Thanks @Director - something to watch for... :) Wish I could keep a few cows :(

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  5. Mark

    Question Why are some quail eggs chalky/dull & others are glossy?

    We eat the odd oyster and I often use the shells in the vegetable garden because plants use the minerals/calcium, but I have also fed them to the birds (crushed up) before - they do love eating...
    We eat the odd oyster and I often use the shells in the vegetable garden because plants use the minerals/calcium, but I have also fed them to the birds (crushed up) before - they do love eating the shell so they must know it's good for them!
    We eat the odd oyster and I often use the shells in the vegetable garden because plants use the minerals/calcium, but I have also fed them to the birds (crushed up) before - they do love eating the shell so they must know it's good for them!
    We eat the odd oyster and I often use the shells in the vegetable garden because plants use the minerals/calcium, but I have also fed them to the birds (crushed up) before - they do love eating...
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  6. Mark

    Question Where can I go fishing for yabbies around north Brisbane/Sunshine Coast?

    Yep, if I catch any I'll keep'em! :twothumbsup:
    Yep, if I catch any I'll keep'em! :twothumbsup:
    Yep, if I catch any I'll keep'em! :twothumbsup:
    Yep, if I catch any I'll keep'em! :twothumbsup:
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  7. Mark

    Question Where can I get ivermectin for chickens in Australia?

    I would have to say that, i.e. Go to your trusty vet (definitely at the professional level) but also dosage needs to be right for the birds to avoid side effects.
    I would have to say that, i.e. Go to your trusty vet (definitely at the professional level) but also dosage needs to be right for the birds to avoid side effects.
    I would have to say that, i.e. Go to your trusty vet (definitely at the professional level) but also dosage needs to be right for the birds to avoid side effects.
    I would have to say that, i.e. Go to your trusty vet (definitely at the professional level) but also dosage needs to be right for the birds to avoid side effects.
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  8. Mark

    What do you think of eating cockerels (roosters under 1 yr old)?

    Thanks MarkU, yes that does help. So what you're saying is a chook is a chook (rooster or hen). I'll probably look at preparing any cockerels on the younger side then, because as you say, the...
    Thanks MarkU, yes that does help. So what you're saying is a chook is a chook (rooster or hen). I'll probably look at preparing any cockerels on the younger side then, because as you say, the older they get the darker the meat and more flavour they develop. We'd probably like our chicken meat a...
    Thanks MarkU, yes that does help. So what you're saying is a chook is a chook (rooster or hen). I'll probably look at preparing any cockerels on the younger side then, because as you say, the older they get the darker the meat and more flavour...
    Thanks MarkU, yes that does help. So what you're saying is a chook is a chook (rooster or hen). I'll probably look at preparing any cockerels on the younger side then, because as you say, the...
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  9. ClissAT

    Very Simple (free) all weather chook feeder

    Spot on thinking Letsgo, I didn't even think of that benefit!:thumbsup: In the video you can see the one dominant chook gets first crack but then she quickly fills up or looses interest & wanders off...
    Spot on thinking Letsgo, I didn't even think of that benefit!:thumbsup: In the video you can see the one dominant chook gets first crack but then she quickly fills up or looses interest & wanders off allowing the lesser hens to have a go too. I think I will try this bucket concept when I get more chooks...
    Spot on thinking Letsgo, I didn't even think of that benefit!:thumbsup: In the video you can see the one dominant chook gets first crack but then she quickly fills up or looses interest & wanders off allowing the lesser hens to have a go too. I think I...
    Spot on thinking Letsgo, I didn't even think of that benefit!:thumbsup: In the video you can see the one dominant chook gets first crack but then she quickly fills up or looses interest & wanders off...
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  10. Mark

    Types of Chicken Feeders - A Guide For Backyard Hens & Other Poultry

    Hi Penny - so wrapped you have joined our forum! :D Your new venture of 250 free rangers sounds exciting - I'd love to have that many hens personally. A large treadle feeder (say 20 kgs) should...
    Hi Penny - so wrapped you have joined our forum! :D Your new venture of 250 free rangers sounds exciting - I'd love to have that many hens personally. A large treadle feeder (say 20 kgs) should hold enough feed to last 12 hens about 8-10 days. I wouldn't worry about head space per bird so much...
    Hi Penny - so wrapped you have joined our forum! :D Your new venture of 250 free rangers sounds exciting - I'd love to have that many hens personally. A large treadle feeder (say 20 kgs) should hold enough feed to last 12 hens about 8-10 days. I...
    Hi Penny - so wrapped you have joined our forum! :D Your new venture of 250 free rangers sounds exciting - I'd love to have that many hens personally. A large treadle feeder (say 20 kgs) should...

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  11. Mark

    Question Turkey fryer

    What do you think of those turkey fryers and has anyone used one?
    What do you think of those turkey fryers and has anyone used one?
    What do you think of those turkey fryers and has anyone used one?
    What do you think of those turkey fryers and has anyone used one?
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  12. Mark

    Tricks to tell if eggs are fertile or not... quail, chicken, duck

    G'day, I have taken all that CoolblueDude on board. I have newly laid eggs are ready to test. I will put a couple of None Fertile with a cross on them. I will check when they hatch how well I...
    G'day, I have taken all that CoolblueDude on board. I have newly laid eggs are ready to test. I will put a couple of None Fertile with a cross on them. I will check when they hatch how well I went. Thank you so much for the reply and information. Cheers Perry
    G'day, I have taken all that CoolblueDude on board. I have newly laid eggs are ready to test. I will put a couple of None Fertile with a cross on them. I will check when they hatch how well I went. Thank you so much for the reply and...
    G'day, I have taken all that CoolblueDude on board. I have newly laid eggs are ready to test. I will put a couple of None Fertile with a cross on them. I will check when they hatch how well I...

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  13. Flatland

    Thinking about getting ducks

    We do very well getting the ducks to go back to there house.but they are skittish if there is something new in the way. I have trouble with a duck feeder.
    We do very well getting the ducks to go back to there house.but they are skittish if there is something new in the way. I have trouble with a duck feeder.
    We do very well getting the ducks to go back to there house.but they are skittish if there is something new in the way. I have trouble with a duck feeder.
    We do very well getting the ducks to go back to there house.but they are skittish if there is something new in the way. I have trouble with a duck feeder.
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  14. stevo

    Thermal Solar Bee Hive

    Well if the mite continues gaining ground on bees all around the world as expected then there will have to be a crisis point whereby governments concentrate efforts to find a solution because the...
    Well if the mite continues gaining ground on bees all around the world as expected then there will have to be a crisis point whereby governments concentrate efforts to find a solution because the threat of honey bees going extinct is too disastrous to contemplate letting happen.
    Well if the mite continues gaining ground on bees all around the world as expected then there will have to be a crisis point whereby governments concentrate efforts to find a solution because the threat of honey bees going extinct is too...
    Well if the mite continues gaining ground on bees all around the world as expected then there will have to be a crisis point whereby governments concentrate efforts to find a solution because the...
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  15. SmallHiveProject

    The Small Hive Project - build your beehive

    I would love to have a hive here but the seasons are so fickle the bees all but starve in the dry season. Its just not fair on the bees to have a hive here when they will suffer so much in the dry...
    I would love to have a hive here but the seasons are so fickle the bees all but starve in the dry season. Its just not fair on the bees to have a hive here when they will suffer so much in the dry season. There are some wild tree hives which work for me in my garden. But I have to let half the...
    I would love to have a hive here but the seasons are so fickle the bees all but starve in the dry season. Its just not fair on the bees to have a hive here when they will suffer so much in the dry season. There are some wild tree hives which work...
    I would love to have a hive here but the seasons are so fickle the bees all but starve in the dry season. Its just not fair on the bees to have a hive here when they will suffer so much in the dry...
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  16. Mark

    The Modern Day Chicken

    ahh i am part of the new trend i think?, i've got some Silkies, Pekins and Belgians. I have seen a few stories about the chicken nappies but that'd have to be a bit feral! Though, yes, lots of...
    ahh i am part of the new trend i think?, i've got some Silkies, Pekins and Belgians. I have seen a few stories about the chicken nappies but that'd have to be a bit feral! Though, yes, lots of people had chickens in their backyard in the past and it faded out maybe due to how easy it is getting...
    ahh i am part of the new trend i think?, i've got some Silkies, Pekins and Belgians. I have seen a few stories about the chicken nappies but that'd have to be a bit feral! Though, yes, lots of people had chickens in their backyard in the past...
    ahh i am part of the new trend i think?, i've got some Silkies, Pekins and Belgians. I have seen a few stories about the chicken nappies but that'd have to be a bit feral! Though, yes, lots of...
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  17. Mark

    The chicken pied piper

    I can think of many times when trying to catch chickens that he would have come in handy :ROFL:
    I can think of many times when trying to catch chickens that he would have come in handy :ROFL:
    I can think of many times when trying to catch chickens that he would have come in handy :ROFL:
    I can think of many times when trying to catch chickens that he would have come in handy :ROFL:
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  18. WZPV

    Question Temperatures for quail

    Just wondering if you ever got quail started. I'm in Texas also and have similar questions about temperature. If about 91* F makes them pant, what will 100* do?
    Just wondering if you ever got quail started. I'm in Texas also and have similar questions about temperature. If about 91* F makes them pant, what will 100* do?
    Just wondering if you ever got quail started. I'm in Texas also and have similar questions about temperature. If about 91* F makes them pant, what will 100* do?
    Just wondering if you ever got quail started. I'm in Texas also and have similar questions about temperature. If about 91* F makes them pant, what will 100* do?
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  19. Mark

    Talk Turkeys

    Sorry to hear about the latest batch of turkeys failing Scott but being over by 1.5 degrees for a sustained period will likely cause problems. Now that you have the incubator calibrated close to...
    Sorry to hear about the latest batch of turkeys failing Scott but being over by 1.5 degrees for a sustained period will likely cause problems. Now that you have the incubator calibrated close to the right temp you should get better results - fingers crossed. One turkey left for Xmas hey so...
    Sorry to hear about the latest batch of turkeys failing Scott but being over by 1.5 degrees for a sustained period will likely cause problems. Now that you have the incubator calibrated close to the right temp you should get better results -...
    Sorry to hear about the latest batch of turkeys failing Scott but being over by 1.5 degrees for a sustained period will likely cause problems. Now that you have the incubator calibrated close to...

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  20. Mark
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    Swarming Stingless Native bees Carbonaria

    I was looking at macros in JBHiFi yesterday... I still want one :( maybe for Xmas :rolleyes:
    I was looking at macros in JBHiFi yesterday... I still want one :( maybe for Xmas :rolleyes:
    I was looking at macros in JBHiFi yesterday... I still want one :( maybe for Xmas :rolleyes:
    I was looking at macros in JBHiFi yesterday... I still want one :( maybe for Xmas :rolleyes:

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  21. ClissAT

    Suitable & alternative wormers Info for worming chickens, etc.

    This is a follow up from another thread. I have posted these links about Moxidectin Plus because its what I use but you can also use ivermectin. I currently don't have an online source of plain...
    This is a follow up from another thread. I have posted these links about Moxidectin Plus because its what I use but you can also use ivermectin. I currently don't have an online source of plain ivermectin. The added praziquantel (the 'Plus' part) in the moxi+ does the tapeworms which is a good...
    This is a follow up from another thread. I have posted these links about Moxidectin Plus because its what I use but you can also use ivermectin. I currently don't have an online source of plain ivermectin. The added praziquantel (the 'Plus'...
    This is a follow up from another thread. I have posted these links about Moxidectin Plus because its what I use but you can also use ivermectin. I currently don't have an online source of plain...
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  22. ClissAT

    Sommerlad Aussie bred Heritage meat birds

    Here are the links to the alternative free range breed from a breeder on southside of Brisbane. go down the list on left of page to 'table birds' where they list 'gourmet meat chicks' &...
    Here are the links to the alternative free range breed from a breeder on southside of Brisbane. go down the list on left of page to 'table birds' where they list 'gourmet meat chicks' & 'Joyce's Gold Heritage Meat Chickens'. The photo on this page shows a bird that looks very similar to the...
    Here are the links to the alternative free range breed from a breeder on southside of Brisbane. go down the list on left of page to 'table birds' where they list 'gourmet meat chicks' & 'Joyce's Gold Heritage Meat Chickens'. The photo on this...
    Here are the links to the alternative free range breed from a breeder on southside of Brisbane. go down the list on left of page to 'table birds' where they list 'gourmet meat chicks' &...
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  23. stevo

    Solitary Bees

    Great stuff Steve. Amazing variety in bees alone. Fascinating. Thanks for sharing.
    Great stuff Steve. Amazing variety in bees alone. Fascinating. Thanks for sharing.
    Great stuff Steve. Amazing variety in bees alone. Fascinating. Thanks for sharing.
    Great stuff Steve. Amazing variety in bees alone. Fascinating. Thanks for sharing.

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  24. Mark

    Question Solar electric fence energisers - do they work good enough to deter foxes?

    That's really interesting Ken - I didn't know they degraded that quickly. I don't really have any predators around either at the moment so it looks like a really cheap way to get a temporary chook...
    That's really interesting Ken - I didn't know they degraded that quickly. I don't really have any predators around either at the moment so it looks like a really cheap way to get a temporary chook enclosure going.
    That's really interesting Ken - I didn't know they degraded that quickly. I don't really have any predators around either at the moment so it looks like a really cheap way to get a temporary chook enclosure going.
    That's really interesting Ken - I didn't know they degraded that quickly. I don't really have any predators around either at the moment so it looks like a really cheap way to get a temporary chook...
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  25. Letsgokate

    Snake deterrents

    Yea, I would probably die in Australia, Africa, or South America. I would have an urge to catch any snake I saw. Used to have a pet Carpet Python for about 10 years until I went into the Army at...
    Yea, I would probably die in Australia, Africa, or South America. I would have an urge to catch any snake I saw. Used to have a pet Carpet Python for about 10 years until I went into the Army at age 18. Bought him at a reptile show when I was 8 years old. From my experience, I haven't found...
    Yea, I would probably die in Australia, Africa, or South America. I would have an urge to catch any snake I saw. Used to have a pet Carpet Python for about 10 years until I went into the Army at age 18. Bought him at a reptile show when I was 8...
    Yea, I would probably die in Australia, Africa, or South America. I would have an urge to catch any snake I saw. Used to have a pet Carpet Python for about 10 years until I went into the Army at...

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