Poultry & livestock

From left to right: My Hamburgh, Spangles, Lulu the Langshan and Spare Spangles, another Hamburgh. Buffy the Silkie is hiding at the back.

Fun names for chooks

Mon, 27/06/2022 - 2:05pm

Calling your chook Meryl Cheep, or Yolko Ono might be going too far for some, but there is plenty of fun and nostalgia to be had when naming your chooks, writes Jessamy Miller.

How to hold a hen

How to hold a chook

Thu, 03/02/2022 - 1:33pm

There are all sorts of reasons you may need to hold your hens, such as checking for parasites; Jessamy Miller explains how do it safely for your chooks and you.

Clear your yard of any possible hazards for chicks.

Raising chicks naturally

Wed, 22/09/2021 - 2:28pm

While the mother hen has the lead role in the chicken-raising show, Jessamy Millers says there are steps owners can take to ensure chicks are robust and healthy.

Chooks provide much more than fresh eggs and fertiliser.

Feathered friends

Mon, 13/09/2021 - 4:51pm

Chooks provide many things from fresh eggs to fertiliser for your garden, and they can even become feathered friends to the family, writes Jessamy Miller.

Chooks take vegie scraps and turn them into a valuable garden product.

Chook poo power

Wed, 04/08/2021 - 1:24pm

Jessamy Miller dishes the dirt on chook poo so you can make the most of it in your garden.

Eggs contain everything required to support a chick’s development in the shell, which takes effort and resources.

Why is my hen not laying?

Thu, 20/05/2021 - 1:28pm

Jessamy Miller has been writing chook advice for OG for a while now, and one question that often comes up is: why aren't my hens laying? Read on for possible solutions.

You can make your own chook mash.

Feeding your chooks

Mon, 19/04/2021 - 10:49am

In  Jessamy Miller's article ‘Chicken Feed’ in Issue 124 we covered buying pellets or ready-mixed grain feeds for poultry. But if you want to go further, mixing your own feed means you know...

Hen health checklist

Mon, 22/02/2021 - 4:50pm

Observation is the key to success not only in your garden but for keeping your chooks healthy, writes Jessamy Miller.





Heritage hens

Wed, 03/02/2021 - 10:51am

The top performers of yesteryear, heritage poultry breeds are slow-growing, long-laying and one of the keys to our long-term food security, writes Jessamy Miller. 

Chooks love foraging for bugs.

Can you feed your chooks on insects alone?

Thu, 29/10/2020 - 11:39am

Chooks love foraging for bugs in the garden, but poultry can’t live on insects alone, and some invertebrates are better choices than others. Our chook expert, Jessamy Miller, talks snails, worms...