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

    "Stiller" vertical split designed collapse resistant brood box for native bees

    I saw his advert on Gumtree. Yeap... and he can't sell too many or he reduces his base then he's back to square one.
    I saw his advert on Gumtree. Yeap... and he can't sell too many or he reduces his base then he's back to square one.
    I saw his advert on Gumtree. Yeap... and he can't sell too many or he reduces his base then he's back to square one.
    I saw his advert on Gumtree. Yeap... and he can't sell too many or he reduces his base then he's back to square one.
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  2. Arbus

    Native bee box based on South American design

    the inside of the frames are 100mm sq. The frame timber is cut to 120 x 45 x 20. The frames are not painted. They're just scrap. Figure they are inside and mostly protected.. The 45mm frames...
    the inside of the frames are 100mm sq. The frame timber is cut to 120 x 45 x 20. The frames are not painted. They're just scrap. Figure they are inside and mostly protected.. The 45mm frames are for brood and starting new hives. Honey super is currently at 31mm, but still in development...
    the inside of the frames are 100mm sq. The frame timber is cut to 120 x 45 x 20. The frames are not painted. They're just scrap. Figure they are inside and mostly protected.. The 45mm frames are for brood and starting new hives. Honey...
    the inside of the frames are 100mm sq. The frame timber is cut to 120 x 45 x 20. The frames are not painted. They're just scrap. Figure they are inside and mostly protected.. The 45mm frames...

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  3. stevo

    Honey and Plant Toxins

    I don't believe this story at all... and whilst all Australian honey may not be pure or without traces of contaminants it's also likely that none of the food we consume these days is completely...
    I don't believe this story at all... and whilst all Australian honey may not be pure or without traces of contaminants it's also likely that none of the food we consume these days is completely free of bad stuff. I'd say as far as food goes honey is probably one of the products with the least...
    I don't believe this story at all... and whilst all Australian honey may not be pure or without traces of contaminants it's also likely that none of the food we consume these days is completely free of bad stuff. I'd say as far as food goes...
    I don't believe this story at all... and whilst all Australian honey may not be pure or without traces of contaminants it's also likely that none of the food we consume these days is completely...
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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. letsgo

    Native Bee Book by Tim Heard

    Looks like a professional product! Direct link to buy is To buy on eBay is here - it is more expensive as Kate mentions but some people do prefer buying through them.
    Looks like a professional product! Direct link to buy is To buy on eBay is here - it is more expensive as Kate mentions but some people do prefer buying through them.
    Looks like a professional product! Direct link to buy is To buy on eBay is here - it is more expensive as Kate mentions but some people do prefer buying through them.
    Looks like a professional product! Direct link to buy is To buy on eBay is here - it is more expensive as Kate mentions but some people do prefer buying through them.

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  7. Mark

    Question Do native bees build their comb from the top down?

    Bloody awesome! So it is from the bottom up then... I know a man shouldn't lose sleep pondering over such trivia but this question was eating away at me LOL - it's nice to know the answer! :D:cheers:
    Bloody awesome! So it is from the bottom up then... I know a man shouldn't lose sleep pondering over such trivia but this question was eating away at me LOL - it's nice to know the answer! :D:cheers:
    Bloody awesome! So it is from the bottom up then... I know a man shouldn't lose sleep pondering over such trivia but this question was eating away at me LOL - it's nice to know the answer! :D:cheers:
    Bloody awesome! So it is from the bottom up then... I know a man shouldn't lose sleep pondering over such trivia but this question was eating away at me LOL - it's nice to know the answer! :D:cheers:

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  8. Mark

    Feeding Coturnix quail video

    Here's a video I knocked up on feeding coturnix or Japanese or Pharaoh quail.
    Here's a video I knocked up on feeding coturnix or Japanese or Pharaoh quail.
    Here's a video I knocked up on feeding coturnix or Japanese or Pharaoh quail.
    Here's a video I knocked up on feeding coturnix or Japanese or Pharaoh quail.
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  9. Jody

    Desperate help with chicken trouble shooting!

    Yes I have heard of lash egg (salpingitis) before but never seen it in my flock. As to the cause, I have no idea except to assume she was infected by bacteria like humans can be via infection,...
    Yes I have heard of lash egg (salpingitis) before but never seen it in my flock. As to the cause, I have no idea except to assume she was infected by bacteria like humans can be via infection, low immune, injury, bad luck, genetic disorder, etc etc... You can provide 5 star service and...
    Yes I have heard of lash egg (salpingitis) before but never seen it in my flock. As to the cause, I have no idea except to assume she was infected by bacteria like humans can be via infection, low immune, injury, bad luck, genetic disorder, etc...
    Yes I have heard of lash egg (salpingitis) before but never seen it in my flock. As to the cause, I have no idea except to assume she was infected by bacteria like humans can be via infection,...

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  10. Mark

    Humane Poultry Killer (from Morrigan)

    Should be renamed the inhuman chicken killer. :p
    Should be renamed the inhuman chicken killer. :p
    Should be renamed the inhuman chicken killer. :p
    Should be renamed the inhuman chicken killer. :p

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  11. Mark

    Clever chicken tractor fox proof chute idea

    I think these guys have gone out of business unless someone can find any sign of them still building this fox proof chicken tractor with the chute design because I can't...
    I think these guys have gone out of business unless someone can find any sign of them still building this fox proof chicken tractor with the chute design because I can't...
    I think these guys have gone out of business unless someone can find any sign of them still building this fox proof chicken tractor with the chute design because I can't...
    I think these guys have gone out of business unless someone can find any sign of them still building this fox proof chicken tractor with the chute design because I can't...

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  12. 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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  13. SAJay

    HELP Wanted with Orphaned Goose Eggs

    That's unfortunate but you had a go anyway... I have a hen sitting on a bunch of eggs several weeks after our rooster died and I've left her go in the unlikely event some make it - doesn't hurt...
    That's unfortunate but you had a go anyway... I have a hen sitting on a bunch of eggs several weeks after our rooster died and I've left her go in the unlikely event some make it - doesn't hurt to try these things sometimes. Thanks for the update :)
    That's unfortunate but you had a go anyway... I have a hen sitting on a bunch of eggs several weeks after our rooster died and I've left her go in the unlikely event some make it - doesn't hurt to try these things sometimes. Thanks for the...
    That's unfortunate but you had a go anyway... I have a hen sitting on a bunch of eggs several weeks after our rooster died and I've left her go in the unlikely event some make it - doesn't hurt...
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  14. ClissAT

    Eggcellent filing cabinet conversion

    Excellent concept! :cheers:
    Excellent concept! :cheers:
    Excellent concept! :cheers:
    Excellent concept! :cheers:

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  15. David Trees

    Question OK... So what different protein based foods can ...

    Go easy on the mealworms hey - well there ya go too much of a good thing! I do tend to feed my flock plenty of tomatoes and fresh produce out of the patch in general it's just another good...
    Go easy on the mealworms hey - well there ya go too much of a good thing! I do tend to feed my flock plenty of tomatoes and fresh produce out of the patch in general it's just another good reason to grow more produce than ya need.
    Go easy on the mealworms hey - well there ya go too much of a good thing! I do tend to feed my flock plenty of tomatoes and fresh produce out of the patch in general it's just another good reason to grow more produce than ya need.
    Go easy on the mealworms hey - well there ya go too much of a good thing! I do tend to feed my flock plenty of tomatoes and fresh produce out of the patch in general it's just another good...

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  16. 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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  17. letsgo

    Honey flow on tap

    Steve has been hinting at this product for some time and shown us their progress in developing the product commercially. It's a clever concept and is going through pretty rigorous R&D. Should...
    Steve has been hinting at this product for some time and shown us their progress in developing the product commercially. It's a clever concept and is going through pretty rigorous R&D. Should become viable but a small market overall I reckon.
    Steve has been hinting at this product for some time and shown us their progress in developing the product commercially. It's a clever concept and is going through pretty rigorous R&D. Should become viable but a small market overall I reckon.
    Steve has been hinting at this product for some time and shown us their progress in developing the product commercially. It's a clever concept and is going through pretty rigorous R&D. Should...
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  18. 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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  19. Mark

    Our first natural duck hatching Pekins ducklings

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

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  21. 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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  22. Mark

    Guinea Fowl are great but I wouldn't get any

    I didn't mind the machine gun call too much it was their "buck wheat" screeching that got on my nerves. Particularly as I knew they were roaming about. My rooster is in the chicken run and have...
    I didn't mind the machine gun call too much it was their "buck wheat" screeching that got on my nerves. Particularly as I knew they were roaming about. My rooster is in the chicken run and have grown quite accustomed to his proclamation to the world. I barely hear it unless I'm working from home...
    I didn't mind the machine gun call too much it was their "buck wheat" screeching that got on my nerves. Particularly as I knew they were roaming about. My rooster is in the chicken run and have grown quite accustomed to his proclamation to the...
    I didn't mind the machine gun call too much it was their "buck wheat" screeching that got on my nerves. Particularly as I knew they were roaming about. My rooster is in the chicken run and have...

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  23. Bennyl

    Breeding quails

    Cheers mark will look into it
    Cheers mark will look into it
    Cheers mark will look into it
    Cheers mark will look into it
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  24. 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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  25. Mark

    Building a predator proof chicken run with recycled fallen trees

    There are new and better designed chicken coop doors on the market now so when you're ready I'm sure you'll find a good solution since keeping backyard chickens is becoming so popular!
    There are new and better designed chicken coop doors on the market now so when you're ready I'm sure you'll find a good solution since keeping backyard chickens is becoming so popular!
    There are new and better designed chicken coop doors on the market now so when you're ready I'm sure you'll find a good solution since keeping backyard chickens is becoming so popular!
    There are new and better designed chicken coop doors on the market now so when you're ready I'm sure you'll find a good solution since keeping backyard chickens is becoming so popular!

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