Animals & Insects

Araucana lay unusual green eggs.

Choosing a chook house

June 2021

Life is much richer in this Melbourne household with a few chooks added to the mix – here's some tips Jian Liu learnt about making a home for chickens so everyone is happy.

The male Blue Tiger butterfly collects pollen as it contains pheromones that make it attractive to the female.

The power of pollination

May 2021

Pollination is necessary for our gardens to thrive so it's handy to understand how we can help all those beneficial insects and animals do their work.

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

Why is my hen not laying?

May 2021

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

April 2021

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 exactly what you are giving your hens and it could save you money.

Hen health checklist

February 2021

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

 

 

 

Australorp

Heritage hens

February 2021

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. 

Southern Corroboree Frog

Frogs in your backyard

December 2020

Penny Woodward loves frogs and has had a large frog pond in her garden for 10 years. The sad part is they are under threat – but we can help. 

Chooks love foraging for bugs.

Can you feed your chooks on insects alone?

October 2020

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 and slugs.

Spring is a busy time in the chookyard

Spring poultry care

September 2020

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 most of this time.

Chooks love a dust bath.

Buying chooks? Here's some tips

June 2020

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

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