Chickens

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

June 2022

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

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.

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

Chook poo power

August 2021

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

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.

 

 

 

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.

Hybrid hen

Hybrid hens

March 2018

Jessamy Miller explores the pros and cons of keeping hybrid chooks and how they stack up against pure breeds.

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