Poultry & livestock

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...

Spring is a busy time in the chookyard

Spring poultry care

Wed, 23/09/2020 - 1:22pm

Spring is a delightful time in the poultry yard with hens back on the lay and, for those who keep a rooster, perhaps even chicks to enjoy. These tips from Jessamy Miller will help you make the...

Chooks love a dust bath.

Buying chooks? Here's some tips

Thu, 18/06/2020 - 2:56pm

If you are new to chook keeping, or thinking about adding some hens to your house, Jessamy Miller knows what to look for.

Caring for chooks in winter

Thu, 04/06/2020 - 5:35pm

Winter chills and short days will have an effect on your chooks, writes Jessamy Miller.

Happy hydrated hens

Tue, 11/02/2020 - 4:29pm

Hot weather makes life difficult for everyone, including chooks. Jessamy Miller has some tips to help keep them cool.

Bantams are well suited to small spaces.

Keeping chooks in small spaces

Wed, 09/10/2019 - 2:11pm

Yes, you can have chickens in a small yard, writes Jessamy Miller, just pick the right type.