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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

    Breeding Japanese or Coturnix Quail - A Backyard Guide

    I've been meaning to write an article specifically about breeding quail (Japanese, coturnix) for some time now so here it is :) Breeding Japanese or Coturnix Quail - A Backyard Guide It's a pretty...
    I've been meaning to write an article specifically about breeding quail (Japanese, coturnix) for some time now so here it is :) Breeding Japanese or Coturnix Quail - A Backyard Guide It's a pretty long read but the article does cover quite a bit of info about breeding quail from egg to adult and...
    I've been meaning to write an article specifically about breeding quail (Japanese, coturnix) for some time now so here it is :) Breeding Japanese or Coturnix Quail - A Backyard Guide It's a pretty long read but the article does cover quite a bit...
    I've been meaning to write an article specifically about breeding quail (Japanese, coturnix) for some time now so here it is :) Breeding Japanese or Coturnix Quail - A Backyard Guide It's a pretty...

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  2. Glenys & Jo

    DEXTER COWS LOOKING FOR NEW HOME.

    DEXTER COWS 3 very quiet, black coloured, pregnant Dexter cows {miniature cattle} 4.5 years, 4 years & 2.5 years. The girls are fat and shiny, they were recently wormed with Cydectin & ear tagged...
    DEXTER COWS 3 very quiet, black coloured, pregnant Dexter cows {miniature cattle} 4.5 years, 4 years & 2.5 years. The girls are fat and shiny, they were recently wormed with Cydectin & ear tagged for Buffalo Fly. We would prefer they go together, to a good home only. $450 each or the 3 for...
    DEXTER COWS 3 very quiet, black coloured, pregnant Dexter cows {miniature cattle} 4.5 years, 4 years & 2.5 years. The girls are fat and shiny, they were recently wormed with Cydectin & ear tagged for Buffalo Fly. We would prefer they go...
    DEXTER COWS 3 very quiet, black coloured, pregnant Dexter cows {miniature cattle} 4.5 years, 4 years & 2.5 years. The girls are fat and shiny, they were recently wormed with Cydectin & ear tagged...

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  3. Mark

    My 6 recommendations for keeping ducks in the backyard

    Thanks mate. You're welcome to go for a swim but I won't join you (not enough room for two guys and a duck) :ROFL:
    Thanks mate. You're welcome to go for a swim but I won't join you (not enough room for two guys and a duck) :ROFL:
    Thanks mate. You're welcome to go for a swim but I won't join you (not enough room for two guys and a duck) :ROFL:
    Thanks mate. You're welcome to go for a swim but I won't join you (not enough room for two guys and a duck) :ROFL:

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Graham

    Drought Master Cattle

    ahh what a life being a cow, ........ until the big truck comes I guess.
    ahh what a life being a cow, ........ until the big truck comes I guess.
    ahh what a life being a cow, ........ until the big truck comes I guess.
    ahh what a life being a cow, ........ until the big truck comes I guess.

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  8. Greyyowl

    Chicken Brooders

    Mobile chick brooder how cool is this! Great stuff Owl, you're definitely squared away with brooders and incubators and I like that mini run with the shade cloth also. LOL... Go on, do it! :D
    Mobile chick brooder how cool is this! Great stuff Owl, you're definitely squared away with brooders and incubators and I like that mini run with the shade cloth also. LOL... Go on, do it! :D
    Mobile chick brooder how cool is this! Great stuff Owl, you're definitely squared away with brooders and incubators and I like that mini run with the shade cloth also. LOL... Go on, do it! :D
    Mobile chick brooder how cool is this! Great stuff Owl, you're definitely squared away with brooders and incubators and I like that mini run with the shade cloth also. LOL... Go on, do it! :D

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  9. 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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  10. Mark

    My chicken coop/aviary/shed featured on Cheap Sheds Website

    You're probably right - the short door must be an aviary safeguard but I found it a PITA :D The treadle feeder is good. It takes a few days to train the girls in how to use it but it holds 18 kgs...
    You're probably right - the short door must be an aviary safeguard but I found it a PITA :D The treadle feeder is good. It takes a few days to train the girls in how to use it but it holds 18 kgs of feed, is water proof, rodent proof, and doesn't rust. You do still get some grain spillage on the...
    You're probably right - the short door must be an aviary safeguard but I found it a PITA :D The treadle feeder is good. It takes a few days to train the girls in how to use it but it holds 18 kgs of feed, is water proof, rodent proof, and doesn't...
    You're probably right - the short door must be an aviary safeguard but I found it a PITA :D The treadle feeder is good. It takes a few days to train the girls in how to use it but it holds 18 kgs...

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  11. stevo

    Egg Bound?

    I used to have a fluffy dog a bit like that, we had to trim his bum otherwise it'd get a bit daggy - no big deal.
    I used to have a fluffy dog a bit like that, we had to trim his bum otherwise it'd get a bit daggy - no big deal.
    I used to have a fluffy dog a bit like that, we had to trim his bum otherwise it'd get a bit daggy - no big deal.
    I used to have a fluffy dog a bit like that, we had to trim his bum otherwise it'd get a bit daggy - no big deal.
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  12. 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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  13. Mark

    Tip Dust bath for chickens is good for their health

    Thanks mate! Looking forward to hearing alllllll about it when you do get into your own birds. :cheers:
    Thanks mate! Looking forward to hearing alllllll about it when you do get into your own birds. :cheers:
    Thanks mate! Looking forward to hearing alllllll about it when you do get into your own birds. :cheers:
    Thanks mate! Looking forward to hearing alllllll about it when you do get into your own birds. :cheers:

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  14. Greenyblue

    Cleaning the chicken coop

    When i first got my Bantams one of the Belgians became sick, i first thought it was Sour Crop and read that Raw Apple Cider Vinegar helps. I ended up buying a 5L bottle of Apple Cider Vinegar with...
    When i first got my Bantams one of the Belgians became sick, i first thought it was Sour Crop and read that Raw Apple Cider Vinegar helps. I ended up buying a 5L bottle of Apple Cider Vinegar with Garlic and Echinacea. Apparently it's used for Horses aswell. The bottle i have has a horse picture...
    When i first got my Bantams one of the Belgians became sick, i first thought it was Sour Crop and read that Raw Apple Cider Vinegar helps. I ended up buying a 5L bottle of Apple Cider Vinegar with Garlic and Echinacea. Apparently it's used for...
    When i first got my Bantams one of the Belgians became sick, i first thought it was Sour Crop and read that Raw Apple Cider Vinegar helps. I ended up buying a 5L bottle of Apple Cider Vinegar with...
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  15. 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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  16. Mark

    How to gut a quail

    They are big words though :) I wonder if phasianidae (old world name) was derived from Pharaoh due to the ancient Egyptian's being the first to keep quail? Or, perhaps it is from pheasant?
    They are big words though :) I wonder if phasianidae (old world name) was derived from Pharaoh due to the ancient Egyptian's being the first to keep quail? Or, perhaps it is from pheasant?
    They are big words though :) I wonder if phasianidae (old world name) was derived from Pharaoh due to the ancient Egyptian's being the first to keep quail? Or, perhaps it is from pheasant?
    They are big words though :) I wonder if phasianidae (old world name) was derived from Pharaoh due to the ancient Egyptian's being the first to keep quail? Or, perhaps it is from pheasant?
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  17. mouseinthehouse

    Indian Runner Ducks

    no i have not eaten it and my thinking its depend on person's choice if they like it so....
    no i have not eaten it and my thinking its depend on person's choice if they like it so....
    no i have not eaten it and my thinking its depend on person's choice if they like it so....
    no i have not eaten it and my thinking its depend on person's choice if they like it so....
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  18. Mark

    How to skin/pluck a quail after slaughter

    As the title suggests this is just a quick video on skinning a quail - I find this way faster and easier than plucking (if doing the job by hand).
    As the title suggests this is just a quick video on skinning a quail - I find this way faster and easier than plucking (if doing the job by hand).
    As the title suggests this is just a quick video on skinning a quail - I find this way faster and easier than plucking (if doing the job by hand).
    As the title suggests this is just a quick video on skinning a quail - I find this way faster and easier than plucking (if doing the job by hand).
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  19. Mark

    How to slaughter a quail with kitchen shears

    This video is a little controversial - see what you think :)
    This video is a little controversial - see what you think :)
    This video is a little controversial - see what you think :)
    This video is a little controversial - see what you think :)
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  20. Mark

    How To Slaughter (Or Kill) A Home-Grown Chicken To Eat

    Hi, I this the link thread to our sister site Self Sufficient Me for anyone who would like to discuss the article How To Slaughter (Or Kill) A Home-Grown Chicken To Eat Your feedback and...
    Hi, I this the link thread to our sister site Self Sufficient Me for anyone who would like to discuss the article How To Slaughter (Or Kill) A Home-Grown Chicken To Eat Your feedback and discussion on this subject is welcome. Cheers :D
    Hi, I this the link thread to our sister site Self Sufficient Me for anyone who would like to discuss the article How To Slaughter (Or Kill) A Home-Grown Chicken To Eat Your feedback and discussion on this subject is welcome. Cheers :D
    Hi, I this the link thread to our sister site Self Sufficient Me for anyone who would like to discuss the article How To Slaughter (Or Kill) A Home-Grown Chicken To Eat Your feedback and...
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  21. 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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  22. boo

    Free range eggs in Australia - is it a con?

    Just visited the thread at BLF which you posted above - good to see the outrage. 20k per hectare and still call it free-range is stupidity. ~X(
    Just visited the thread at BLF which you posted above - good to see the outrage. 20k per hectare and still call it free-range is stupidity. ~X(
    Just visited the thread at BLF which you posted above - good to see the outrage. 20k per hectare and still call it free-range is stupidity. ~X(
    Just visited the thread at BLF which you posted above - good to see the outrage. 20k per hectare and still call it free-range is stupidity. ~X(
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