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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. DarrenP

    Question Need help with no name Chinese incubator

    A belated update on the incubator. We bought 11 light Sussex eggs, and last Wednesday 6 hatched out. Two others died trying to get out of the eggs, 2 were infertile, and one died in the egg not...
    A belated update on the incubator. We bought 11 light Sussex eggs, and last Wednesday 6 hatched out. Two others died trying to get out of the eggs, 2 were infertile, and one died in the egg not fully formed. I'm pretty stoked with that success rate. Because of the warm (stinking hot) weather, I...
    A belated update on the incubator. We bought 11 light Sussex eggs, and last Wednesday 6 hatched out. Two others died trying to get out of the eggs, 2 were infertile, and one died in the egg not fully formed. I'm pretty stoked with that success...
    A belated update on the incubator. We bought 11 light Sussex eggs, and last Wednesday 6 hatched out. Two others died trying to get out of the eggs, 2 were infertile, and one died in the egg not...
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  4. ClissAT

    Composted Chook food & rio coop construction

    I like the chicken coup, but as you say with better covering than just a tarp. This could be made into a tractor type thing to move around as well.
    I like the chicken coup, but as you say with better covering than just a tarp. This could be made into a tractor type thing to move around as well.
    I like the chicken coup, but as you say with better covering than just a tarp. This could be made into a tractor type thing to move around as well.
    I like the chicken coup, but as you say with better covering than just a tarp. This could be made into a tractor type thing to move around as well.
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  5. Steve

    Lost two chooks

    A good point @Robyn67, I did think of that too and do go for the scout around hoping to find the treasure chest of eggs but alas no. I'm pretty sure they were young, at least 2 of them were....
    A good point @Robyn67, I did think of that too and do go for the scout around hoping to find the treasure chest of eggs but alas no. I'm pretty sure they were young, at least 2 of them were. The other couple I'm not so sure about. The breeder has been selling them at our markets for a while...
    A good point @Robyn67, I did think of that too and do go for the scout around hoping to find the treasure chest of eggs but alas no. I'm pretty sure they were young, at least 2 of them were. The other couple I'm not so sure about. The breeder...
    A good point @Robyn67, I did think of that too and do go for the scout around hoping to find the treasure chest of eggs but alas no. I'm pretty sure they were young, at least 2 of them were....
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  6. 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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  7. Robyn67

    Help, Chicken Leg Mites

    Just thought I'd update. I couldn't find neem powder or oil, but could get pesterine and Vaseline. So I've continued with my home made concoction of coconut oil, tea tree oil and veg oil and...
    Just thought I'd update. I couldn't find neem powder or oil, but could get pesterine and Vaseline. So I've continued with my home made concoction of coconut oil, tea tree oil and veg oil and added vaseline to the mix. I've been treating every 2 days with a soak in warm water with vinegar and...
    Just thought I'd update. I couldn't find neem powder or oil, but could get pesterine and Vaseline. So I've continued with my home made concoction of coconut oil, tea tree oil and veg oil and added vaseline to the mix. I've been treating every 2...
    Just thought I'd update. I couldn't find neem powder or oil, but could get pesterine and Vaseline. So I've continued with my home made concoction of coconut oil, tea tree oil and veg oil and...
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  8. eggcentric

    Question Ideas on how to train quail to use a rabbit water bottle?

    Yes, it’s true: No one can know for certain how the various breeds and sub-species developed, but it is generally acknowledged that all the Coturnix types are originally based on the Common quail,...
    Yes, it’s true: No one can know for certain how the various breeds and sub-species developed, but it is generally acknowledged that all the Coturnix types are originally based on the Common quail, Coturnix coturnix, the wild migratory bird of Europe, Asia and Africa. The commercial strains of...
    Yes, it’s true: No one can know for certain how the various breeds and sub-species developed, but it is generally acknowledged that all the Coturnix types are originally based on the Common quail, Coturnix coturnix, the wild migratory bird of...
    Yes, it’s true: No one can know for certain how the various breeds and sub-species developed, but it is generally acknowledged that all the Coturnix types are originally based on the Common quail,...
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  9. 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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  10. littlervheads

    quails not laying :(

    Just wondering, did you acquire them recently? I only ask because two out of three of mine took forever to start laying (in fact, only finally started last week), and I attribute it in part to...
    Just wondering, did you acquire them recently? I only ask because two out of three of mine took forever to start laying (in fact, only finally started last week), and I attribute it in part to them taking awhile to acclimate to new surroundings. Mine were supposedly around eight weeks old when I...
    Just wondering, did you acquire them recently? I only ask because two out of three of mine took forever to start laying (in fact, only finally started last week), and I attribute it in part to them taking awhile to acclimate to new surroundings....
    Just wondering, did you acquire them recently? I only ask because two out of three of mine took forever to start laying (in fact, only finally started last week), and I attribute it in part to...
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  11. ClissAT

    Quail Farmer ABC Landline 15-10-17

    On last weeks Landline TV show there was a segment about a boutique abattoir in southern NSW. One of the farmers who uses that abattoir is a quail farmer, Brendon Sheldrick. His farm setup was...
    On last weeks Landline TV show there was a segment about a boutique abattoir in southern NSW. One of the farmers who uses that abattoir is a quail farmer, Brendon Sheldrick. His farm setup was very interesting & some on this forum may like to see his setup. You can watch this episode...
    On last weeks Landline TV show there was a segment about a boutique abattoir in southern NSW. One of the farmers who uses that abattoir is a quail farmer, Brendon Sheldrick. His farm setup was very interesting & some on this forum may like to see...
    On last weeks Landline TV show there was a segment about a boutique abattoir in southern NSW. One of the farmers who uses that abattoir is a quail farmer, Brendon Sheldrick. His farm setup was...
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  12. Steve

    Are my chooks shy?

    Not too bad Mark. They are getting out more and more. Still not as much as I'd like but without OHP I can't blame them. I will look into setting something up. I also think the cooler and cloudier...
    Not too bad Mark. They are getting out more and more. Still not as much as I'd like but without OHP I can't blame them. I will look into setting something up. I also think the cooler and cloudier weather is making them more adventurous. Sometimes they are inside for ages and then I call them out...
    Not too bad Mark. They are getting out more and more. Still not as much as I'd like but without OHP I can't blame them. I will look into setting something up. I also think the cooler and cloudier weather is making them more adventurous. Sometimes...
    Not too bad Mark. They are getting out more and more. Still not as much as I'd like but without OHP I can't blame them. I will look into setting something up. I also think the cooler and cloudier...

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  13. Mark

    Paralysis tick got my dog - treatment and prevention

    Geez if that works I wish the darned dog next door to me would get 100 tick bites! It's been debarked 3 times already & still barks its head off & still loud enough that I have to turn the tv...
    Geez if that works I wish the darned dog next door to me would get 100 tick bites! It's been debarked 3 times already & still barks its head off & still loud enough that I have to turn the tv up! Of course its not the dogs fault. Its the owners fault for not training the poor thing properly &...
    Geez if that works I wish the darned dog next door to me would get 100 tick bites! It's been debarked 3 times already & still barks its head off & still loud enough that I have to turn the tv up! Of course its not the dogs fault. Its the owners...
    Geez if that works I wish the darned dog next door to me would get 100 tick bites! It's been debarked 3 times already & still barks its head off & still loud enough that I have to turn the tv...
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  14. Steve

    Question Chicken Health

    Sounds like a plan. Very much appreciate the advice. I really had no idea how to look after these ladies... I thought it was a case of how I treat all the ladies in my life....treat 'em mean to...
    Sounds like a plan. Very much appreciate the advice. I really had no idea how to look after these ladies... I thought it was a case of how I treat all the ladies in my life....treat 'em mean to keep 'em keen! :cool: I'm kidding of course. lol
    Sounds like a plan. Very much appreciate the advice. I really had no idea how to look after these ladies... I thought it was a case of how I treat all the ladies in my life....treat 'em mean to keep 'em keen! :cool: I'm kidding of course. lol
    Sounds like a plan. Very much appreciate the advice. I really had no idea how to look after these ladies... I thought it was a case of how I treat all the ladies in my life....treat 'em mean to...
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  15. Billy Gifford

    Introducing New Quail to the flock how to

    Hi Billy, how long did you try them together and what type of bullying? The reason I ask is sometimes it takes a little time for the birds to find their pecking order and if the bullying isn't...
    Hi Billy, how long did you try them together and what type of bullying? The reason I ask is sometimes it takes a little time for the birds to find their pecking order and if the bullying isn't too bad it can often improve to normal levels. The other things you can try are: Expand the...
    Hi Billy, how long did you try them together and what type of bullying? The reason I ask is sometimes it takes a little time for the birds to find their pecking order and if the bullying isn't too bad it can often improve to normal levels....
    Hi Billy, how long did you try them together and what type of bullying? The reason I ask is sometimes it takes a little time for the birds to find their pecking order and if the bullying isn't...
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  16. Steve

    Chook Drinkers

    Well let's hope it's not "targets down patch out" mate if it's any consolation I'd be happy to serve in the foxhole with ya......... :p
    Well let's hope it's not "targets down patch out" mate if it's any consolation I'd be happy to serve in the foxhole with ya......... :p
    Well let's hope it's not "targets down patch out" mate if it's any consolation I'd be happy to serve in the foxhole with ya......... :p
    Well let's hope it's not "targets down patch out" mate if it's any consolation I'd be happy to serve in the foxhole with ya......... :p

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  17. Perry

    Question Chicken Wormer

    OK seems I need to amend this statement. Moxi+ is now available in pet stores for caged bird use. (But still not for food bird use!) But I don't know if it will be as cheap as getting it from the...
    OK seems I need to amend this statement. Moxi+ is now available in pet stores for caged bird use. (But still not for food bird use!) But I don't know if it will be as cheap as getting it from the people I linked to in my earlier posts.
    OK seems I need to amend this statement. Moxi+ is now available in pet stores for caged bird use. (But still not for food bird use!) But I don't know if it will be as cheap as getting it from the people I linked to in my earlier posts.
    OK seems I need to amend this statement. Moxi+ is now available in pet stores for caged bird use. (But still not for food bird use!) But I don't know if it will be as cheap as getting it from the...
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  18. 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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  19. Flatland

    Itchy dog

    Who would have thought! That's a great hack :twothumbsup:
    Who would have thought! That's a great hack :twothumbsup:
    Who would have thought! That's a great hack :twothumbsup:
    Who would have thought! That's a great hack :twothumbsup:
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  20. ClissAT

    Kenyan Top Bar bee hives

    I saw one of these about a year or so ago when they had like a street fair to open up a new beautification project (in Alderley) but didn't talk to he guys that much as they were pretty busy and...
    I saw one of these about a year or so ago when they had like a street fair to open up a new beautification project (in Alderley) but didn't talk to he guys that much as they were pretty busy and my son was restless - the show was great for giving me more info. I think I'd like to trial 1 of each...
    I saw one of these about a year or so ago when they had like a street fair to open up a new beautification project (in Alderley) but didn't talk to he guys that much as they were pretty busy and my son was restless - the show was great for giving...
    I saw one of these about a year or so ago when they had like a street fair to open up a new beautification project (in Alderley) but didn't talk to he guys that much as they were pretty busy and...

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  21. Perry

    Question Black Soldier Fly Breeding Box

    Hi perry, I get these all the time in my worm farm, so i presume they like similar conditions...light but no direct sun, esp if you have a worm farm of the black plastic variety like I do. Because...
    Hi perry, I get these all the time in my worm farm, so i presume they like similar conditions...light but no direct sun, esp if you have a worm farm of the black plastic variety like I do. Because it's a worm farm I don't put meat, onion, pet poo etc in it, but they seem to thrive anyway...I...
    Hi perry, I get these all the time in my worm farm, so i presume they like similar conditions...light but no direct sun, esp if you have a worm farm of the black plastic variety like I do. Because it's a worm farm I don't put meat, onion, pet poo...
    Hi perry, I get these all the time in my worm farm, so i presume they like similar conditions...light but no direct sun, esp if you have a worm farm of the black plastic variety like I do. Because...
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  22. 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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  23. Perry

    Question Breeding Black Soldier Fly Larvae

    Ahh there's an idea Perry - Might look into that! Thanks
    Ahh there's an idea Perry - Might look into that! Thanks
    Ahh there's an idea Perry - Might look into that! Thanks
    Ahh there's an idea Perry - Might look into that! Thanks
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  24. Mark

    My cat run build

    I think that is a pretty nice build! Most people I know would just let their cats run around wild and hope for the best. But this way everyone wins. Good job.
    I think that is a pretty nice build! Most people I know would just let their cats run around wild and hope for the best. But this way everyone wins. Good job.
    I think that is a pretty nice build! Most people I know would just let their cats run around wild and hope for the best. But this way everyone wins. Good job.
    I think that is a pretty nice build! Most people I know would just let their cats run around wild and hope for the best. But this way everyone wins. Good job.

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  25. Grover64

    Bees required this spring SE QLD

    Did you have any luck with this? Maybe try a local bee club, or Gumtree?
    Did you have any luck with this? Maybe try a local bee club, or Gumtree?
    Did you have any luck with this? Maybe try a local bee club, or Gumtree?
    Did you have any luck with this? Maybe try a local bee club, or Gumtree?
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