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. Mariette
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  2. 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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  3. Mark

    Humane Poultry Killer (from Morrigan)

    Great ideas thanks guys, yer I had seen the roadwork cones (witch's hats) version, I already have some so will just go that route for now as it doesn't cost anything, thanks
    Great ideas thanks guys, yer I had seen the roadwork cones (witch's hats) version, I already have some so will just go that route for now as it doesn't cost anything, thanks
    Great ideas thanks guys, yer I had seen the roadwork cones (witch's hats) version, I already have some so will just go that route for now as it doesn't cost anything, thanks
    Great ideas thanks guys, yer I had seen the roadwork cones (witch's hats) version, I already have some so will just go that route for now as it doesn't cost anything, thanks

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  4. Mark

    Chinese "no name" Egg Incubators

    I've edited the post above (obviously spammy) but I do like the image so I've linked it to eBay AU incubators rather than removing it :)
    I've edited the post above (obviously spammy) but I do like the image so I've linked it to eBay AU incubators rather than removing it :)
    I've edited the post above (obviously spammy) but I do like the image so I've linked it to eBay AU incubators rather than removing it :)
    I've edited the post above (obviously spammy) but I do like the image so I've linked it to eBay AU incubators rather than removing it :)

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  5. knightchook

    ivermectin on chickens for mites and lice

    For those interested in buying a commercial Ivermectin based product online (Australian's only) City Chicks does retail one and here's a link to the product they sell for backyard hens. This...
    For those interested in buying a commercial Ivermectin based product online (Australian's only) City Chicks does retail one and here's a link to the product they sell for backyard hens. This product is now only marketed for external parasites but a few years ago they sold it as an all in one...
    For those interested in buying a commercial Ivermectin based product online (Australian's only) City Chicks does retail one and here's a link to the product they sell for backyard hens. This product is now only marketed for external parasites...
    For those interested in buying a commercial Ivermectin based product online (Australian's only) City Chicks does retail one and here's a link to the product they sell for backyard hens. This...
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  6. Jenni

    Building my Quail Pen , by Jen

    Another big pen, with a divider, makes two :D I reckon it's just natural progression if you're interested in something. As you say, you need to be able to separate them for different reasons.
    Another big pen, with a divider, makes two :D I reckon it's just natural progression if you're interested in something. As you say, you need to be able to separate them for different reasons.
    Another big pen, with a divider, makes two :D I reckon it's just natural progression if you're interested in something. As you say, you need to be able to separate them for different reasons.
    Another big pen, with a divider, makes two :D I reckon it's just natural progression if you're interested in something. As you say, you need to be able to separate them for different reasons.

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  7. Mark

    DIY Chicken Feeder bulk bin no mess no spill no clog

    Here's a modification of my bin feeder by Tony (UK Here We Grow) where he adds a cylindrical fitting to the centre of the bin to basically double the capacity.
    Here's a modification of my bin feeder by Tony (UK Here We Grow) where he adds a cylindrical fitting to the centre of the bin to basically double the capacity.
    Here's a modification of my bin feeder by Tony (UK Here We Grow) where he adds a cylindrical fitting to the centre of the bin to basically double the capacity.
    Here's a modification of my bin feeder by Tony (UK Here We Grow) where he adds a cylindrical fitting to the centre of the bin to basically double the capacity.

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  8. stevo

    Native Bees & Splitting Native Bee Hives

    They shorted out my electric gates... little buggers got into the circuit board and layed eggs :(
    They shorted out my electric gates... little buggers got into the circuit board and layed eggs :(
    They shorted out my electric gates... little buggers got into the circuit board and layed eggs :(
    They shorted out my electric gates... little buggers got into the circuit board and layed eggs :(

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  9. Mark

    Flow Hive Bee hive invention to let honey run out

    Copycats were bound to happen but most people will stick with the original flow hive because as we know very few Chinese knock offs work as good as the real product. Flow hive PR just needs to...
    Copycats were bound to happen but most people will stick with the original flow hive because as we know very few Chinese knock offs work as good as the real product. Flow hive PR just needs to run a simple "buy authentic" campaign stating their product is the only one you can trust for...
    Copycats were bound to happen but most people will stick with the original flow hive because as we know very few Chinese knock offs work as good as the real product. Flow hive PR just needs to run a simple "buy authentic" campaign stating their...
    Copycats were bound to happen but most people will stick with the original flow hive because as we know very few Chinese knock offs work as good as the real product. Flow hive PR just needs to...
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  10. Mark

    Jumbo quail

    On January 7 I set 15 mixed Giant and Colossal eggs from Brent at Brisbane Quail. I didn't get my 2 live as I will get a decent amount from my hatch. I will keep you posted. I am happy to swap...
    On January 7 I set 15 mixed Giant and Colossal eggs from Brent at Brisbane Quail. I didn't get my 2 live as I will get a decent amount from my hatch. I will keep you posted. I am happy to swap some males so I don't get close family ties in future.
    On January 7 I set 15 mixed Giant and Colossal eggs from Brent at Brisbane Quail. I didn't get my 2 live as I will get a decent amount from my hatch. I will keep you posted. I am happy to swap some males so I don't get close family ties in future.
    On January 7 I set 15 mixed Giant and Colossal eggs from Brent at Brisbane Quail. I didn't get my 2 live as I will get a decent amount from my hatch. I will keep you posted. I am happy to swap...

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  11. Hope

    Quail food supplements

    Hi David, I totally agree with you. We are situated about 50 mins drive north of Brisbane, next to Caboolture - Greenbank is south of Brisbane. Thank you for the compliment re. our set-up, we...
    Hi David, I totally agree with you. We are situated about 50 mins drive north of Brisbane, next to Caboolture - Greenbank is south of Brisbane. Thank you for the compliment re. our set-up, we work hard at keeping it comfortable for all the quail. Cheers, Glenys
    Hi David, I totally agree with you. We are situated about 50 mins drive north of Brisbane, next to Caboolture - Greenbank is south of Brisbane. Thank you for the compliment re. our set-up, we work hard at keeping it comfortable for all the...
    Hi David, I totally agree with you. We are situated about 50 mins drive north of Brisbane, next to Caboolture - Greenbank is south of Brisbane. Thank you for the compliment re. our set-up, we...
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  12. Mark

    Rooster Collars to stop crowing what's your thoughts?

    One way to sort out any bullying in the henhouse is to isolate the bully away from the other hens for a week or so. Then put her back in; the group dynamic will be very different.
    One way to sort out any bullying in the henhouse is to isolate the bully away from the other hens for a week or so. Then put her back in; the group dynamic will be very different.
    One way to sort out any bullying in the henhouse is to isolate the bully away from the other hens for a week or so. Then put her back in; the group dynamic will be very different.
    One way to sort out any bullying in the henhouse is to isolate the bully away from the other hens for a week or so. Then put her back in; the group dynamic will be very different.

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  13. Jenni

    Quail eggs, now what?

    I thought I did write a recipe somewhere but I can't find it either! It's a good question though and definitely worth writing down for reference so I'll knock up a step by step guide tomorrow on...
    I thought I did write a recipe somewhere but I can't find it either! It's a good question though and definitely worth writing down for reference so I'll knock up a step by step guide tomorrow on how I do it. The process is similar to pickling chicken eggs but there are a few extra points...
    I thought I did write a recipe somewhere but I can't find it either! It's a good question though and definitely worth writing down for reference so I'll knock up a step by step guide tomorrow on how I do it. The process is similar to pickling...
    I thought I did write a recipe somewhere but I can't find it either! It's a good question though and definitely worth writing down for reference so I'll knock up a step by step guide tomorrow on...
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  14. Mark

    Built a small dam for my ducks

    I did some more lining on the walls just the other day. This rain has put about 6 inches in the bottom. Will post some pics soon :)
    I did some more lining on the walls just the other day. This rain has put about 6 inches in the bottom. Will post some pics soon :)
    I did some more lining on the walls just the other day. This rain has put about 6 inches in the bottom. Will post some pics soon :)
    I did some more lining on the walls just the other day. This rain has put about 6 inches in the bottom. Will post some pics soon :)

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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. Jenni

    Janoel Model 12 Premium incubator

    Yeah was a real shame.. Was my first batch of eggs not a good start and on new year... Then on top my isolated male quail died for some reason overnight. My parents have a two story house so I...
    Yeah was a real shame.. Was my first batch of eggs not a good start and on new year... Then on top my isolated male quail died for some reason overnight. My parents have a two story house so I think I will collect some more then incubate my next batch there when they get home from holidays...
    Yeah was a real shame.. Was my first batch of eggs not a good start and on new year... Then on top my isolated male quail died for some reason overnight. My parents have a two story house so I think I will collect some more then incubate my...
    Yeah was a real shame.. Was my first batch of eggs not a good start and on new year... Then on top my isolated male quail died for some reason overnight. My parents have a two story house so I...

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  18. Mark

    How to train ducks to free range & return to their pen

    I received this excellent question via email today: You certainly can train ducks to free-range just like chickens and return home to the pen before nightfall but they may take a little more...
    I received this excellent question via email today: You certainly can train ducks to free-range just like chickens and return home to the pen before nightfall but they may take a little more time to get used to a free-range routine and require slightly more effort than your hens. Chickens...
    I received this excellent question via email today: You certainly can train ducks to free-range just like chickens and return home to the pen before nightfall but they may take a little more time to get used to a free-range routine and require...
    I received this excellent question via email today: You certainly can train ducks to free-range just like chickens and return home to the pen before nightfall but they may take a little more...
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  19. Mark

    Our first natural duck hatching Pekins ducklings

    So cute :)
    So cute :)
    So cute :)
    So cute :)

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  20. Mark

    JN-448 another cheap Chinese egg incubator

    That sounds very interesting Chris! I love dabbling in fermentation of foods etc. If you have a chance, please start a new discussion thread to perhaps document your testing so we can check it out...
    That sounds very interesting Chris! I love dabbling in fermentation of foods etc. If you have a chance, please start a new discussion thread to perhaps document your testing so we can check it out and chat about it?
    That sounds very interesting Chris! I love dabbling in fermentation of foods etc. If you have a chance, please start a new discussion thread to perhaps document your testing so we can check it out and chat about it?
    That sounds very interesting Chris! I love dabbling in fermentation of foods etc. If you have a chance, please start a new discussion thread to perhaps document your testing so we can check it out...

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  21. Comfort

    How To Breed/Grow/Raise Red Compost Worms Super Fast

    All very interesting info, Comfort. Thanks for posting it. Definitely food for thought.... or is that food for worms! :) I was interested to note the texture of the castings from the flow through...
    All very interesting info, Comfort. Thanks for posting it. Definitely food for thought.... or is that food for worms! :) I was interested to note the texture of the castings from the flow through bin. Rather like what I get out of my bathtub farm. It has an open plughole under which I placed a...
    All very interesting info, Comfort. Thanks for posting it. Definitely food for thought.... or is that food for worms! :) I was interested to note the texture of the castings from the flow through bin. Rather like what I get out of my bathtub...
    All very interesting info, Comfort. Thanks for posting it. Definitely food for thought.... or is that food for worms! :) I was interested to note the texture of the castings from the flow through...
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  22. Jenni

    Quail - Breeding stock and inbreeding

    LOL, yeah maybe... I might have to :)
    LOL, yeah maybe... I might have to :)
    LOL, yeah maybe... I might have to :)
    LOL, yeah maybe... I might have to :)
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  23. Krystal

    How to tell if my duck eggs are fertile

    Thanks Mark. Ill give the eggs some more time to see if anything happens. I just assumed they were no good as another girls eggs are showing alot of obvious signs and they were put in the...
    Thanks Mark. Ill give the eggs some more time to see if anything happens. I just assumed they were no good as another girls eggs are showing alot of obvious signs and they were put in the incubator at the same time. As for my girl in question, she has not layed an egg today which is a little...
    Thanks Mark. Ill give the eggs some more time to see if anything happens. I just assumed they were no good as another girls eggs are showing alot of obvious signs and they were put in the incubator at the same time. As for my girl in question,...
    Thanks Mark. Ill give the eggs some more time to see if anything happens. I just assumed they were no good as another girls eggs are showing alot of obvious signs and they were put in the...

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  24. Mark

    DIY Chicken Roost - A Daytime Perch

    Oh that's good work right there. Funny stuff!
    Oh that's good work right there. Funny stuff!
    Oh that's good work right there. Funny stuff!
    Oh that's good work right there. Funny stuff!

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  25. Mark

    General Brooder discussion for chickens or other poultry

    Breeder box old draw unit from kitchen, hardwood pailings from demo'd fence, wire found on propery. Cost me $2 in screws, heat globe $45, lamp holder, $20. I'm a Sparkie by trade. I get heaps of...
    Breeder box old draw unit from kitchen, hardwood pailings from demo'd fence, wire found on propery. Cost me $2 in screws, heat globe $45, lamp holder, $20. I'm a Sparkie by trade. I get heaps of calls regarding solar or discussion on saving energy. I worked in high tech marine systems of all...
    Breeder box old draw unit from kitchen, hardwood pailings from demo'd fence, wire found on propery. Cost me $2 in screws, heat globe $45, lamp holder, $20. I'm a Sparkie by trade. I get heaps of calls regarding solar or discussion on saving...
    Breeder box old draw unit from kitchen, hardwood pailings from demo'd fence, wire found on propery. Cost me $2 in screws, heat globe $45, lamp holder, $20. I'm a Sparkie by trade. I get heaps of...

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