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. 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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  2. Sasha Bushell

    HELP; whats wrong with my chickens?

    Sorry I got to this thread too late... did any survive?
    Sorry I got to this thread too late... did any survive?
    Sorry I got to this thread too late... did any survive?
    Sorry I got to this thread too late... did any survive?

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  3. ClissAT

    It's all about Heritage Poultry

    Like pretty much everything, selective breeding has its pros and cons...As a dog lover, I'm the first to admit that a "bitsa" from the pound is most likely to be more robust from a health point of...
    Like pretty much everything, selective breeding has its pros and cons...As a dog lover, I'm the first to admit that a "bitsa" from the pound is most likely to be more robust from a health point of view than an overbred (and often interbred) "purebreed"...Yet my dogs are always purebreds because ...
    Like pretty much everything, selective breeding has its pros and cons...As a dog lover, I'm the first to admit that a "bitsa" from the pound is most likely to be more robust from a health point of view than an overbred (and often interbred)...
    Like pretty much everything, selective breeding has its pros and cons...As a dog lover, I'm the first to admit that a "bitsa" from the pound is most likely to be more robust from a health point of...
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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. LoveInNature

    Humidity levels and hatch rates Jap Quail

    I found out it is bacterial and caused by cracks or non sterilisex environment etc. I have to say I am not really clear on the drowning thing. I had my humidity up around 80 and never saw any...
    I found out it is bacterial and caused by cracks or non sterilisex environment etc. I have to say I am not really clear on the drowning thing. I had my humidity up around 80 and never saw any excess water with the chicks hatching. I would agree with suffocation in the case of non pipping. I...
    I found out it is bacterial and caused by cracks or non sterilisex environment etc. I have to say I am not really clear on the drowning thing. I had my humidity up around 80 and never saw any excess water with the chicks hatching. I would agree...
    I found out it is bacterial and caused by cracks or non sterilisex environment etc. I have to say I am not really clear on the drowning thing. I had my humidity up around 80 and never saw any...
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  7. kelvin

    rotator arm for jn 48

    Hey Kelvin, if you are a bit handy you can make one yourself from a bit of plastic or metal, with some glue Here a closeup picture
    Hey Kelvin, if you are a bit handy you can make one yourself from a bit of plastic or metal, with some glue Here a closeup picture
    Hey Kelvin, if you are a bit handy you can make one yourself from a bit of plastic or metal, with some glue Here a closeup picture
    Hey Kelvin, if you are a bit handy you can make one yourself from a bit of plastic or metal, with some glue Here a closeup picture
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  8. ClissAT

    Migratory Flutterbys

    Yes, I had a whole heap swarm across our property a few days ago!
    Yes, I had a whole heap swarm across our property a few days ago!
    Yes, I had a whole heap swarm across our property a few days ago!
    Yes, I had a whole heap swarm across our property a few days ago!

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  9. ClissAT

    I wonder where those chooks are? They're very quiet!

    A Leghorn? :)
    A Leghorn? :)
    A Leghorn? :)
    A Leghorn? :)

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  10. stevo

    Ag Guide - Native Bee Book

    I'd love to write something more descriptive about it, I've had this for a few weeks and have only had a quick flick through it. Been busy doing other things. :oops:
    I'd love to write something more descriptive about it, I've had this for a few weeks and have only had a quick flick through it. Been busy doing other things. :oops:
    I'd love to write something more descriptive about it, I've had this for a few weeks and have only had a quick flick through it. Been busy doing other things. :oops:
    I'd love to write something more descriptive about it, I've had this for a few weeks and have only had a quick flick through it. Been busy doing other things. :oops:
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  11. kristan

    Question generic incubator not reaching temp

    Ah yes of course... I know the Darwin heat very well indeed spending a good decade living there myself :heat: Insulation still does help with temp fluctuations even in the heat though. Anyway, you...
    Ah yes of course... I know the Darwin heat very well indeed spending a good decade living there myself :heat: Insulation still does help with temp fluctuations even in the heat though. Anyway, you shouldn't have any problems with keeping up the humidity!
    Ah yes of course... I know the Darwin heat very well indeed spending a good decade living there myself :heat: Insulation still does help with temp fluctuations even in the heat though. Anyway, you shouldn't have any problems with keeping up the humidity!
    Ah yes of course... I know the Darwin heat very well indeed spending a good decade living there myself :heat: Insulation still does help with temp fluctuations even in the heat though. Anyway, you...
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  12. Jennifer Wang

    Question Keeping Backyard Dairy Goats?

    Great info @Janine Cummings really interesting stuff! It's pretty hard to get one of those mini goats - big waiting list - I wonder if there's good money in breeding them? They are so cute! :)...
    Great info @Janine Cummings really interesting stuff! It's pretty hard to get one of those mini goats - big waiting list - I wonder if there's good money in breeding them? They are so cute! :) Welcome to SSC btw, thank you for joining and sharing your knowledge.
    Great info @Janine Cummings really interesting stuff! It's pretty hard to get one of those mini goats - big waiting list - I wonder if there's good money in breeding them? They are so cute! :) Welcome to SSC btw, thank you for joining and...
    Great info @Janine Cummings really interesting stuff! It's pretty hard to get one of those mini goats - big waiting list - I wonder if there's good money in breeding them? They are so cute! :)...
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  13. Sasha Bushell

    Goats

    I have a small herd of goats up here in NT. I started out with Saanen milk goats. Love them as kids but they grow up. They are a larger breed, and whilst the nanny stays relatively compact, the...
    I have a small herd of goats up here in NT. I started out with Saanen milk goats. Love them as kids but they grow up. They are a larger breed, and whilst the nanny stays relatively compact, the Billy gets BIG. I had no trouble handling them, but they were a nightmare for family if I needed a...
    I have a small herd of goats up here in NT. I started out with Saanen milk goats. Love them as kids but they grow up. They are a larger breed, and whilst the nanny stays relatively compact, the Billy gets BIG. I had no trouble handling them,...
    I have a small herd of goats up here in NT. I started out with Saanen milk goats. Love them as kids but they grow up. They are a larger breed, and whilst the nanny stays relatively compact, the...
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  14. Sasha Bushell

    Question Poultry supplies

    C Cheers james, that would be a nice drive for me :) I did find uncle toms poultry supplies in nerang have alot of variety however not sure about prices as i havent compared yet. But i will check...
    C Cheers james, that would be a nice drive for me :) I did find uncle toms poultry supplies in nerang have alot of variety however not sure about prices as i havent compared yet. But i will check that out; thankyou
    C Cheers james, that would be a nice drive for me :) I did find uncle toms poultry supplies in nerang have alot of variety however not sure about prices as i havent compared yet. But i will check that out; thankyou
    C Cheers james, that would be a nice drive for me :) I did find uncle toms poultry supplies in nerang have alot of variety however not sure about prices as i havent compared yet. But i will check...
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  15. Mark

    Is it ok to give Kilverm / Levamisole neat down the beak?

    Absolutely fantastic Rosemary! I also have half a bottle of Kilverm going to waste because the cluckles wont drink the stuff no matter how thirsty they are. I now use Moxidectin Plus which I get...
    Absolutely fantastic Rosemary! I also have half a bottle of Kilverm going to waste because the cluckles wont drink the stuff no matter how thirsty they are. I now use Moxidectin Plus which I get from Gecko Dan down at Glasshouse. I give that directly into the beak. I think Kilverm may not do all...
    Absolutely fantastic Rosemary! I also have half a bottle of Kilverm going to waste because the cluckles wont drink the stuff no matter how thirsty they are. I now use Moxidectin Plus which I get from Gecko Dan down at Glasshouse. I give that...
    Absolutely fantastic Rosemary! I also have half a bottle of Kilverm going to waste because the cluckles wont drink the stuff no matter how thirsty they are. I now use Moxidectin Plus which I get...
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  16. Mark

    How to stop chicken eating her own eggs?

    I don't personally keep chooks...but when one of my sister in law's started "egg eating" a vet friend basically said this same thing. (Though in fairness, my S-in-L keeps her chooks as pets...so...
    I don't personally keep chooks...but when one of my sister in law's started "egg eating" a vet friend basically said this same thing. (Though in fairness, my S-in-L keeps her chooks as pets...so there was no mention about the chop!) they went with a roll away system, problem seemed to...
    I don't personally keep chooks...but when one of my sister in law's started "egg eating" a vet friend basically said this same thing. (Though in fairness, my S-in-L keeps her chooks as pets...so there was no mention about the chop!) they went...
    I don't personally keep chooks...but when one of my sister in law's started "egg eating" a vet friend basically said this same thing. (Though in fairness, my S-in-L keeps her chooks as pets...so...
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  17. ClissAT
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    Tip An easy way to prevent chooks/chickens scratching under trees

    Yeah noted... It happens to me also! I'll look into it and see if I can find the stem of the problem.
    Yeah noted... It happens to me also! I'll look into it and see if I can find the stem of the problem.
    Yeah noted... It happens to me also! I'll look into it and see if I can find the stem of the problem.
    Yeah noted... It happens to me also! I'll look into it and see if I can find the stem of the problem.

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  18. ClissAT

    Tip Chooks scratching the mulch away from under garden trees

    Great to see you're thinking like a chook. :) I placed large reo wire around a section I couldn't board, they couldn't scratch as it wasn't as fulfilling for them. They had plenty of other areas...
    Great to see you're thinking like a chook. :) I placed large reo wire around a section I couldn't board, they couldn't scratch as it wasn't as fulfilling for them. They had plenty of other areas to scratch. I've moved from there and the tenant who lives there has a dog who ripped all the...
    Great to see you're thinking like a chook. :) I placed large reo wire around a section I couldn't board, they couldn't scratch as it wasn't as fulfilling for them. They had plenty of other areas to scratch. I've moved from there and the tenant...
    Great to see you're thinking like a chook. :) I placed large reo wire around a section I couldn't board, they couldn't scratch as it wasn't as fulfilling for them. They had plenty of other areas...

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  19. ClissAT

    Idea for feeding greens to chooks

    Ohhh, I get it now lol... :)
    Ohhh, I get it now lol... :)
    Ohhh, I get it now lol... :)
    Ohhh, I get it now lol... :)

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  20. Jason McCarthy

    No name 48 egg incubator (JN 848?) automatic turner not working

    Yeah that's a sensible thing to do. Best of luck with your hatch out.
    Yeah that's a sensible thing to do. Best of luck with your hatch out.
    Yeah that's a sensible thing to do. Best of luck with your hatch out.
    Yeah that's a sensible thing to do. Best of luck with your hatch out.

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  21. Mark

    Chat about keeping quail on radio

    Unfortunately, I can't find the email from the guy I purchased the eggs from in March 2015 :( Sorry about that... But there are a few selling eggs on Gumtree that look ok here's the link to the...
    Unfortunately, I can't find the email from the guy I purchased the eggs from in March 2015 :( Sorry about that... But there are a few selling eggs on Gumtree that look ok here's the link to the Gumtree search page. The price for a dozen eggs range from about $8 to $16, which is more cost...
    Unfortunately, I can't find the email from the guy I purchased the eggs from in March 2015 :( Sorry about that... But there are a few selling eggs on Gumtree that look ok here's the link to the Gumtree search page. The price for a dozen eggs...
    Unfortunately, I can't find the email from the guy I purchased the eggs from in March 2015 :( Sorry about that... But there are a few selling eggs on Gumtree that look ok here's the link to the...
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  22. Alison

    Is my duck egg dead???

    Hi Alison, it's hard to tell because looks and movement aren't always 100% right when telling if an egg has died. Also, depending on the breed duck eggs hatch out around 25 - 35 days give or...
    Hi Alison, it's hard to tell because looks and movement aren't always 100% right when telling if an egg has died. Also, depending on the breed duck eggs hatch out around 25 - 35 days give or take a few days so at 25 it would be premature to right-off the egg just yet. What breed is it? If...
    Hi Alison, it's hard to tell because looks and movement aren't always 100% right when telling if an egg has died. Also, depending on the breed duck eggs hatch out around 25 - 35 days give or take a few days so at 25 it would be premature to...
    Hi Alison, it's hard to tell because looks and movement aren't always 100% right when telling if an egg has died. Also, depending on the breed duck eggs hatch out around 25 - 35 days give or...
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  23. James P

    Quals vs. Chickens?

    Some really good statistics there! I suppose they will be a very good option for the debate people are having on how we will feed the earth in 2050 considering there will be 9.6 billion of us!
    Some really good statistics there! I suppose they will be a very good option for the debate people are having on how we will feed the earth in 2050 considering there will be 9.6 billion of us!
    Some really good statistics there! I suppose they will be a very good option for the debate people are having on how we will feed the earth in 2050 considering there will be 9.6 billion of us!
    Some really good statistics there! I suppose they will be a very good option for the debate people are having on how we will feed the earth in 2050 considering there will be 9.6 billion of us!
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  24. Jason McCarthy

    No Name Incubator Cooking Eggs?

    It's amazing what people find in their compost heaps :D I've not seen that particular fault before (commonly incubators don't heat high enough) but I assume the thermostat on this occasion failed...
    It's amazing what people find in their compost heaps :D I've not seen that particular fault before (commonly incubators don't heat high enough) but I assume the thermostat on this occasion failed to see the set temp and kept climbing up to the max setting. Perhaps it was a once off computer...
    It's amazing what people find in their compost heaps :D I've not seen that particular fault before (commonly incubators don't heat high enough) but I assume the thermostat on this occasion failed to see the set temp and kept climbing up to the max...
    It's amazing what people find in their compost heaps :D I've not seen that particular fault before (commonly incubators don't heat high enough) but I assume the thermostat on this occasion failed...
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  25. stevo

    Grain Weevil

    I just have the bag in the shed, no containers, so it's gets eaten by mice and rats,.... yeah I've been meaning to get a big container :oops: .... not too much of a problem in the suburbs.
    I just have the bag in the shed, no containers, so it's gets eaten by mice and rats,.... yeah I've been meaning to get a big container :oops: .... not too much of a problem in the suburbs.
    I just have the bag in the shed, no containers, so it's gets eaten by mice and rats,.... yeah I've been meaning to get a big container :oops: .... not too much of a problem in the suburbs.
    I just have the bag in the shed, no containers, so it's gets eaten by mice and rats,.... yeah I've been meaning to get a big container :oops: .... not too much of a problem in the suburbs.
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