Poultry & livestock

Chicken in purple nappy

Chickens in nappies

June 2013

At last, you can invite chooks into the house without worrying about the carpet (well, apart from the scratching), SIMON WEBSTER reports.

Chicken breeds on show

May 2013

The best of more than 100 chook breeds are going on display in Melbourne, SIMON WEBSTER reports.

More fowl

May 2013

Here's some more pictures of chickens, ducks, geese and other fowl that wouldn't fit in the Essential Guide: Backyard Chickens issue.


Heritage hens

December 2012

When choosing a chook for the backyard, MEGG MILLER recommends resilient, adaptable pure breeds. Plus, her top four Aussie heritage breeds.

Malay hen is on her game

November 2012

A hen from a much-maligned breed is proving a great surrogate mum, SIMON WEBSTER reports.

Cross-breed hatcheries

September 2012

In the latest issue of Organic Gardener, MEGG MILLER recommends resilient, adaptable pure breeds when choosing chooks for the back-yard.

Cross-breed poultry are also available from a variety of hatcheries, in most states.

Ramps provide easy access to water and prevent leg injuries to ducks.

Ducks fit the bill

June 2012

Are you looking for a natural slug, snail and grasshopper destroyer? Something that will also provide eggs and manure? The duck is your answer, writes PAUL HEALY.