How easy is this DIY chicken feed scooper to make? Really easy!

 

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  Mark Valencia — Thanks Andrea! People like you who take the time to comment on our website really make my day ...
  Andrea — This is an awesome idea. Absolutely love it, thanks for sharing!...

heritage hatchlings

Brisbane based chicken breeder Heritage Hatching & Hens review.

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  Mark Valencia — Hi Danielle, have you tried contacting Heritage Hens (assuming you are in the SEQ area)?...
  danielle cooling — Im having trouble buying a blue lace or splash wyandotte rooster and some gold lace hens...

This is a comprehensive article about how I built a dog proof fence for my chickens to free-range in safety (includes costs and materials).

There's a chicken feeder war raging on eBay between Royal Rooster and Dine-a-Chook - who wins?

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  Mark Valencia — No worries Danny, sounds good - I'll email you some thoughts about design. Cheers...
  Danny — Thank you for your comments, and noted.The only downside to most feeders are that you cannot see the level of feed. That's why I will be doing various versions in clear, and a unit as one, holding both water, and feed. If you have a design for anything just let me know.Danny...
  Mark Valencia — Hi Danny, please contact me when you're done as I'd be interested to see and hear all about your own feeders. If I may make a suggestion, ensure you test thoroughly for feed wastage because my biggest concern by far for all feeders I've used has been wastage from hens raking feed out of the feeder o......

python with possum in belly

Tips on how to prevent, protect, deter, and manage snakes around your chicken or poultry pens

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  Mark Valencia — Hi SJ, thank you and I'm glad you found this article helpful! I'm also happy for you that your fear of snakes won't deter you from keeping chickens because the benefits (as you know) far outweigh the negatives. I've had countless encounters with snakes and although each time my heart races a littl......
  SJ Luvic — Very informative! I have always been terrified of snakes and recently moved to Qld living close to a marshland where i now see snakes more frequently than i would like. It is like aversion therapy where i am slowly becoming more accepting of their existance! I have been told since moving here that ......
  Travis — Hi mate thanks for a great article, we have only just moved to 88 achres in the hills of Victoria bordering a large national park most of the land is clear with a few little areas left untouched where the rabbits and foxes seem to live, there is an old chicken coop and run my wife just nailed back t......

 

There is a difference between chicken and ducks eggs and it's not just size...

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  Mark Valencia — Hi Monk and thanks for your opinion! Yes, I'm sure there are those would disagree with our assessment of how duck eggs actually taste. I can't say I have baked with them much but I'll take your word for it about making the end product heavy etc. We tried hard to use duck eggs just like regular chic......
  Monk — I am raising them not Sam lol...
  Monk — I've baked with duck eggs. They aren't good for baking for sure unless you want heavy breads. I like light fluffy cakes. Duck eggs don't make light fluffy cakes. I'm like you they have horrible flavor not a whole lot of good uses... I'm Sam raising ducks but as meat birds not for their eggs. I'd rat......

Is eating fertilised chickens eggs ok to do?

The chickens have been laying well over the past week!

 

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  Mark Valencia — Hi Jandawood, I have made pickled eggs before and I do love them! Haven't tried this recipe though so I will give it a go - if it's close to a family favourite of yours then it probably will be delicious (most family recipies are) many thanks for contributing and saying hello, Cheers ......
  Jandawood — http://www.food.com/recipe/british-pub-pickled-eggs-500111 This is the closest recipe I can find to the way my Mum used to pickle eggs for Dad. Hope it helps with the glut....
  Jandawood — You could always pickle them. My old Dad loved pickled eggs and Mum used to do him a couple of jars at Christmas time every year. I've never had a glut so have never looked for a recipe but I'm sure there are a few on the web....

rooster walking on sleeper path 2 with paving in background

Flooring within your chicken house or coop is vitally important and so are the pathways to and around those common to go areas. Here are some cost saving ideas for path making and flooring for your chicken pen, which will not only save money but will work effectively too.

Feeders chicken PVC feeder tube hens ducks different feeders
Chicken feeders may seem like a rather trivial subject on the surface but for anyone keeping chickens or planning to join the many thousands who do, chicken feeders are an important tool which should be well considered.

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  Mark Valencia — Hi David & Jana, well done on your chicken feeder design it's certainly one of the most radical chook feeders I've ever seen! And, best of luck with your website also, cheers ......
  crazy dave — Hi, Great article on the Types of Chicken Feeders, and we love what you are doing with your website! After years of frustration, we finally did it…. …my lady and I build the Coolest Chicken Feeder in the World!!! www.weekendhippies.com/the_coolest_chicken_feeder_in_the_world/in_the_beginnin......
  Mark Valencia — Yes Michael, I see Michelle has already mentioned it in the post above yours and it's for sale here http://bit.ly/1TdzkFJ To be honest, I'm not too keen on it because chickens really should have easy access to feed and this design seems to limit access to a few grains at a time so in larger flocks ......
 
In this article, I show how I slaughter a chicken for the table using the chopping block and cone methods. I  also personalise the experience and explain how we should neither be scared of processing our own produce nor take it for granted.

Rooster in ferns Australorp hen front Coq au Vin first image

Should you keep your rooster or eat him? I answer this question in the following article; plus, I share with you my version of the famous French recipe especially designed for roosters called - Coq au Vin.  

Light sussex chicken peaking behind a hollow tree trunk

This article is about giving credit where it is due - to all the modern day chickens in the world...

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  Mark Valencia — Hi Silky! Chooks are awesome aren't they Racist chickens - now that is funny, I had a good laugh when I read your post. Thanks for taking the time to write something, cheers, Mark...
  Silky — I love my 5 chooks. They have distinct personality traits and habbits. They keep their beady eyes on my window and back door running to be the first to chow down my scraps. My husband has a favourite the black one who is at the bottom of the pecking order.He reckons the other chooks are racist. He f......

Hens squashed into nesting boxes for roosting at night

If you want to know the truth about egg laying and nesting boxes please keep reading...

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  Mark Valencia — You sound like a really mean spirited person John and your comment is neither nice or accurate - have a good life ...
  John Muir — " hens roosting in the nesting boxes is a fact of life and completely normal behaviour." Oh you IDIOT. Please take this page down and stop PRETENDING to know things....
  Mark Valencia — Hi Suzanne, have you tried using some fake eggs placed into the nesting box? This can sometimes help teach them where to lay. The other thing you can do is leave the real eggs in the nesting box for several days and hopefully they will get used to coming back then you should start seeing a build up ......

Quail run inside

Several months prior to this article I wrote a two part “How to” article on how to build a quail or chicken run. This is a follow-up to the “How to build a quail or chicken run” in the form of lessons learnt. There were a few mods to the structure I needed to do and you can read more about them inside.

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