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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. Rachel

    What predator does this?

    Hello there! I am also in the hawkesbury, Kurrajong. thank goodness for the rain. its hard enough growing here :) what i find around here that takes the heads of birds, (depending on how big you...
    Hello there! I am also in the hawkesbury, Kurrajong. thank goodness for the rain. its hard enough growing here :) what i find around here that takes the heads of birds, (depending on how big you pigeon are) Is butcher birds. they harras the cage until a finch, budgie, small pigeon or dove hits the...
    Hello there! I am also in the hawkesbury, Kurrajong. thank goodness for the rain. its hard enough growing here :) what i find around here that takes the heads of birds, (depending on how big you pigeon are) Is butcher birds. they harras the cage...
    Hello there! I am also in the hawkesbury, Kurrajong. thank goodness for the rain. its hard enough growing here :) what i find around here that takes the heads of birds, (depending on how big you...
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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. Ray Speed

    Two new hives on the property

    will dooooooooooooooooooo
    will dooooooooooooooooooo
    will dooooooooooooooooooo
    will dooooooooooooooooooo
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  13. 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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  14. Mark
    Like x 3

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

    Awesome post! I tried candling my last eggs which all failed but I still couldn't really tell. I found it really hard to see through the shells event though I had a proper egg candling torch I...
    Awesome post! I tried candling my last eggs which all failed but I still couldn't really tell. I found it really hard to see through the shells event though I had a proper egg candling torch I bought from Bellsouth. Maybe it's because I still don't really know what I'm looking for :blush:. Would...
    Awesome post! I tried candling my last eggs which all failed but I still couldn't really tell. I found it really hard to see through the shells event though I had a proper egg candling torch I bought from Bellsouth. Maybe it's because I still...
    Awesome post! I tried candling my last eggs which all failed but I still couldn't really tell. I found it really hard to see through the shells event though I had a proper egg candling torch I...

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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. Robbie

    The things you find

    You'll get odd eggs time to time. Mine will pop out the odd one after going broody when they start laying again or a new layer will have a few like this. The weird ones are from a new layer that...
    You'll get odd eggs time to time. Mine will pop out the odd one after going broody when they start laying again or a new layer will have a few like this. The weird ones are from a new layer that have no shell at all.
    You'll get odd eggs time to time. Mine will pop out the odd one after going broody when they start laying again or a new layer will have a few like this. The weird ones are from a new layer that have no shell at all.
    You'll get odd eggs time to time. Mine will pop out the odd one after going broody when they start laying again or a new layer will have a few like this. The weird ones are from a new layer that...

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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. Ray Speed

    The girls are starting to pump,

    we are just waiting for our blue to come :)
    we are just waiting for our blue to come :)
    we are just waiting for our blue to come :)
    we are just waiting for our blue to come :)
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  21. 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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  22. Joan Denoo

    Recommend Test chickens' preference cage or free range

    Like is this a trick question, think it’s obvious they would prefer to free range. Who would like to be locked in a cage all day. If they can’t be let out to free range due to space or predators...
    Like is this a trick question, think it’s obvious they would prefer to free range. Who would like to be locked in a cage all day. If they can’t be let out to free range due to space or predators then a coop with a good run attached is also a good option.
    Like is this a trick question, think it’s obvious they would prefer to free range. Who would like to be locked in a cage all day. If they can’t be let out to free range due to space or predators then a coop with a good run attached is also a good...
    Like is this a trick question, think it’s obvious they would prefer to free range. Who would like to be locked in a cage all day. If they can’t be let out to free range due to space or predators...
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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. Mark
    Like x 3

    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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