Animals & Insects

Contented chooks.

Tips for contented chooks

August 2022

Who's the boss in your henhouse? Jessamy Miller explains how to stop your hens from being bullied. 

A Silvereye.

Bring in the birds

May 2022

Libby Woodward tells how she and her husband redeveloped a section of their garden with native understorey plants designed to draw in insects, birds and wildlife.

How to hold a hen

How to hold a chook

February 2022

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

September 2021

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.

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. 

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