Jump to content

Lets talk about Chooks! :)


  • This topic is locked This topic is locked
280 replies to this topic

#1 ~THE~MAGICIAN~

Posted 25 July 2012 - 09:03 AM

I'm a newbie with our first egg yesterday, so very excited!

So, who here has chooks and what do you have?

We have 4 at the moment:

A Wyandotte bantam
1 x Isa Brown that was given to us
2 x Hy-lines that we got at 15 days old.

Looking for 2 more purebreds.

Looking forward to hearing about everyones feathered friends.

Edited by ~THE~MAGICIAN~, 25 July 2012 - 09:03 AM.


#2 missy78

Posted 25 July 2012 - 09:18 AM

Congrats on your chickens! We haven't got any chooks at the moment- but hoping to get a couple when we move into our new place (buying; we have been renting so far and frankly 1 cat is enough when you are trying to find a rental! Will be watching this thread with interest! We thought we might get 2 for a start, maybe 3. What sort of pen do you have? Did you make or buy it?

#3 Gumnut82

Posted 25 July 2012 - 09:24 AM

3 Isa Browns we got at point of lay, then we got 2 Australorps and a Rhode Island Red as day-old chicks 6 months later. The purebreds have just started laying (little eggs!) and one of the Isas has gone into molt, so we're averaging 4 or so eggs a day. We had some issues when we integrated the two groups and the Australorps are currently very defensive when they're in the nesting box - sooooo noisy!!
DH likes bantams, so if we get any more we'll prob try one or two of those. For now, 6 is enough in our backyard coop!

#4 TheGreenSheep

Posted 25 July 2012 - 09:33 AM

I love talking about chooks!

We have 6 girls.
2 Marans
1 Welsummer
3 Isa Browns

Our girls all get along pretty well so far. We recently lost 3 to a daylight fox attack, so we are keeping them in their run most days until its summer and the foxes bugger off.

We have had a variety of different breeds and so far the best layers have been the Isas and Welsummers.

ETA I cant add up my chooks, so came back to say I have 3 isas. Doh!

Edited by TheGreenSheep, 25 July 2012 - 08:18 PM.


#5 nen-c

Posted 25 July 2012 - 09:46 AM

We have 5 - currently complaining as I haven't taken their scraps down yet!!!

2 x Isa browns (maybe 4 yo now? given to me when their owners had to move)
1 x black bantam - not sure exactly what kind (given to me when a friends Golden Retriever ate her 2 friends,   sad.gif  she must be at least 6 now)
2 x feral honey coloured bantams (given to me by a friend with property who had too many feral bantams running around her property). These ones are pretty feisty - the dog is scared of them!!! There were 3 of these ones but the smallest one used to just come and go as she pleased (over and under our backyard fence) and one day she didn't return  sad.gif  I like to think she found a home she liked better, but in reality I'm not so sure.

They all get along OK, with a definite pecking order, although I feel sorry for the little black one, as she is right at the bottom of the pack.

#6 la di dah

Posted 25 July 2012 - 10:47 AM

I don't have any nor will I for another year or two but I love hearing about them.  ph34r.gif

I haven't picked breeds yet. Do you order them from a hatchery or is it more a "neighbour had such and such, now so do I" sort of thing? I would like to be able to know I was getting a laying breed and the local pet stores all just sell "chicks" and I'm not sure I want to go to a petstore anyway.

#7 Chelli

Posted 25 July 2012 - 10:57 AM

I now have about 13 chooks after I put some fertalized eggs from our local hatchery under my broody hen. That experience was awesome, the kids got so much out of watching the chickens hatch and seeing them grow. Mine are all Isa breeds, both black and brown. I've had white ones before but they were not as friendly. My brown ones would jump up onto my lap when I sat down outside and I found one sitting in the carseat one morning when I had the car door open ready to take the kids to school. Because of getting eggs, I didn't know what would hatch, so now I have two roosters for the first time.

Mine are all free-ranged and locked securely of a night. I found out the hard way that native cats will decimate them if I don't sad.gif I need to finish a roof for their yard so I know they will be safe if I'm not at home right on dusk when they put themselves to bed.

La di dah, I purchased mine from a local hatchery and mine are a good egg laying breed. It took me two years to want to get more chooks after the native cat killed all of mine, and in that time I really noticed how much food scraps went to waste. My chooks devour everything and it makes cleaning up after a meal really easy. They are huge fans of the crusts of bread that comes home in school lunchboxes wink.gif



#8 Bigfatbum

Posted 25 July 2012 - 12:02 PM

Dh and I are just talking chooks, great timing.

How do you all choose your breeds?

We have a old chook pen in the yard from when we brought - over 4 years ago now, we need new laying boxes and feeders and water, what else should we be looking at for set up, we were thinking three. Do we need a rooster as well?

Sorry for all the q's! It's Ben on my mind the last few daysso this seems like divine inspiration!

#9 smelliecat

Posted 25 July 2012 - 12:19 PM

Umm, I have no idea what mine are! We have 4 that are about 3 months old, one of which is a rooster that is just starting to crow and sounds like a preteen whose voice is breaking! tongue.gif  We also bought 5 females from the local market when they were about 1 week old. They are still in their own pen as they are little at only a month old now.
I want more but will wait to see if we end up with fertilised eggs in the future?

#10 3_for_me

Posted 25 July 2012 - 02:00 PM

We have:
4 Araucana hens(lay blue eggs)
1 Araucana rooster
4 Bantam White Leghorns
1 random ring in that turned up in the yard and never left (hyline maybe)
4 Belgian bantam hens
1 Belgian bantam rooster



If you are only after eggs you don't need a rooster.

#11 ~THE~MAGICIAN~

Posted 25 July 2012 - 07:59 PM

Yay for more chookie lovers!

We got ours off Gumtree (except for one) so no choice in the breed really. Now I've done some research there are some particular ones we like the look of.

Looking forward to hearing more from everyone/anyone. It's my new hobby!

biggrin.gif



#12 Bigfatbum

Posted 25 July 2012 - 08:06 PM

We have been looking at breads all afternoon, my eldest ds does ag in school and recently did an assignment he likes leghorns and isa browns, I like silkies and  aranacas ( though I might be easily swayed by the fluffiness and blue eggs), and dh just wants something that isn't to fly uppy as he does not do birds.

We want egg laying but also not to flighty for the little kids to be able to collect eggs as well.

We are thinking Isa browns?


How are they with your little ones? Apparently the 13 year old will be taking care of them, but on weeks he is with his dad I have no doubt the little boys will want to collect the eggs as well

Edited by strawberryfire, 25 July 2012 - 09:11 PM.


#13 GoldenBlack

Posted 25 July 2012 - 08:09 PM

We are getting ours this weekend - Australorps x Rhode Island Reds.  I would love pure Australorps, but I cannot find pullets or 10-15 week old young for love nor money in the Melbourne area.

I've done quite a lot of research into chook breeds and Australorps seem like what we want - incredibly productive, healthy, and attractive, as well as handleable as long as you spend some time socialising them.

I have heard silkies are very good for with young children, docile and quite cute with the fluffiness, but we're in this for their use as garden clearers and bug eradicators on waste ground, so I need a decent sized chook.

If I could have any breed I wanted, I would get Transylvanian Naked Necks because how awesome are they.

#14 TheGreenSheep

Posted 25 July 2012 - 08:31 PM

We got our first chooks from 3-for-me!
We have lost chooks through foxes, neighbours dogs, dreaded illness, and some just pop their perch.

We buy ours from the old fellas at a regional market at point of lay. The fellas are such a funny pair, they give great advice on who lays and who doesn't. We have bought a few different breeds and would say that for us the isas (plentiful) and wellsummers (large eggs)  have laid the best. I really want Aracuana just for the colored eggs, but so far have found them hard to come by.

#15 Bigfatbum

Posted 25 July 2012 - 09:15 PM

So pullets are nearly layers and point of lay is beginning layers? Is layers a word, or am I spelling it wrong, looks odd.

Was also looking at Plymouth rocks and Wyandottes as well as the ISA browns, we want for the egg production and for pets I guess.

Edited by strawberryfire, 25 July 2012 - 09:16 PM.


#16 FeralRebelWClaws

Posted 25 July 2012 - 09:16 PM

QUOTE (strawberryfire @ 25/07/2012, 08:06 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
We have been looking at breads all afternoon, my eldest ds does ag in school and recently did an assignment he likes leghorns and isa browns, I like silkies and  ( though I might be easily swayed by the fluffiness and blue eggs), and dh just wants something that isn't to fly uppy as he does not do birds.

We want egg laying but also not to flighty for the little kids to be able to collect eggs as well.

We are thinking Isa browns?


How are they with your little ones? Apparently the 13 year old will be taking care of them, but on weeks he is with his dad I have no doubt the little boys will want to collect the eggs as well


We have:
1 x leghorn
1 x wyandotte
1 x australorp x a few other things, but she is just black...
1 x australorp x Rhode Island Red
1 x RIR x leghorn

We got the first 3 (Lemon, Honey, Soy) in Feb, I think it was and they were too young to lay. Then it got cold and we didnt' get an egg. We originally had another chicken Satay, but she died when we had the Earthquake in April. When Satay died, we got the last 2, Drumstick and Schnitzel.

Drumstick (Austra x RIR) started laying about 8 weeks ago. Schnitzel started laying 1 week ago!

Today we got 3 eggs! So a third chicken has started laying today! I am not sure who it is but I suspect it's Honey (the Wyandotte) as is the plumpest out of the other 3. Lemon (leghorn) is still small and Soy (austra x) is sickly and small.

Our daft chickens think 14 degree top temps is Spring LOL

DSDs LOVE getting in the coop with ours! We don't let ours out of the coop because of our dogs. But they have a large coop (3 x 3 x 2), with plenty of branches in it. DSDs manage to pick up some of the chooks that don't let DF or I pick them up! You turn around and they are holding a chook who normally doesn't let us pat them!

Soy (australorp x) is at best, partially blind. However, she knows where her food is and loves her seed and won't eat other food. She LOVES pats and will hop on your foot as soon as you walk in the coop and she pecks at you gently if you don't pat wink.gif

Drumstick also will let us pat her (hehe she stomps when we walk in the coop, and you pat her and then she decides you aren't too bad.) She is also the cheekiest chook we have, because if you walk in with a bag of bread, she jumps up and pecks at the bag! LOL

They are great animals to have and the kids LOVE collecting the eggs. When they see me coming they start making noise because they know I am their treat lady and I normally have bread or rice etc. I am currently growing meal worms into bugs to feed them.

#17 Bigfatbum

Posted 25 July 2012 - 09:28 PM

Pussydids that some interesting chook names! Love it!

#18 lottiebobs

Posted 25 July 2012 - 09:35 PM

we have 5 Isa Browns... I love popping out to see my gorgeous fluffy bummed girlies every morning!

#19 Alina0210

Posted 25 July 2012 - 09:37 PM

I have 3 Golden Wyandottes, they are gorgeous, there names are: Dora, Katsu and Henry.

We go them as day olds and are now 18mths old..., we get 1 egg each a day an ur sometimes they go clucky and dont lay and it's annoying... Doesn't last too long tho.

Edited by Alina0210, 25 July 2012 - 09:38 PM.


#20 Beltie

Posted 25 July 2012 - 09:39 PM

We had a first egg party for our little Light Sussex 2 weeks ago. It was rolled oats and parmesan cheese for all the girls. Our littlest chick is now a woman.

We have 4 chickens.
2 x Isa browns - the most amazing egg layers and very friendly
1 x wyandotte - an enormous butterball who is the chief chook in the henhouse. Easy to cuddle (too fat to run away)
1 x light sussex. Pointy white eggs, mad a a cut snake and very neurotic. Able to fly long distances at low altitude, a real Houdini.

I'd also like araucanas for the pretty eggs and Marans. We bought ours from an amazing nursery in Sydney called New Leaf. The henhouse is a gravity-defying structure with an old cot at the main support structure. There is nothing as charming as watching a little group of hens wandering slowly about the garden.

Edited by Beltie, 25 July 2012 - 09:46 PM.


#21 Sloane Peterson

Posted 25 July 2012 - 09:41 PM

We got 3 x Isa Browns recently.. They are not laying yet (I think they are about 16 weeks) and boy do they crap! We have it all through the garden. The coop is not a bad size but I feel a bit mean keeping them in it all day, so I might convince DH to build a run for them somewhere....

#22 FeralRebelWClaws

Posted 25 July 2012 - 09:43 PM

Any excuse for pics...

Chicken coop...


Honey and Lemon (and Satay RIP)


Soy (now her little cheek bits have gone white....)


Drumstick and Schnitzel


#23 Lakey

Posted 25 July 2012 - 09:51 PM

We have 3 little pekins, nice and plump and fluffy, 1 x cuckoo rooster, cuckoo hen and a lavender hen, would like to get another colour just to mix it up a little.  No eggs yet, hopefully once spring arrives we'll start getting some.

My DH built our cage, it's about 1 1/2 mt x 1mt by 600mm high, we move it about.  Cost about $150 to make, way cheaper than store ones, a lot sturdier and bigger too!

I like the hens, but the rooster is a feisty little so and so!

#24 ~THE~MAGICIAN~

Posted 25 July 2012 - 09:52 PM

There are so many breeds I have never heard of! Will have to check them out.

Don Burke from Burke's Backyard recommends the Australorp as the No 1. backyard laying chook. They do look attractive!



Lovely photos Pussydids!




#25 FeralRebelWClaws

Posted 25 July 2012 - 09:55 PM

QUOTE (CherryAmes @ 25/07/2012, 09:21 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Our chooks are a bit aggressive unfortunately; my advice is definitely give them lots of attention and affection in their youth to avoid this


You can bribe them with food! If you keep going out with bread or rice, they will then come to you. Our original chickens weren't really handled. The last 2 were a little more, but not much, but they learnt better manners from their 800 sisters. Our "friendly" chook doesn't actually like bread and I think she just likes me because I bring food. The more I take bread out the closer they come. They come up and take bread from me now. DSDs can pick them up... DF and I must just be too old to move fast enough LOL!

OP, don't get leghorns, they are flighty and not great for kids. Australorps are awesome for kids original.gif Also they are  pretty wink.gif

Just be careful with hylines (Isa Browns) etc, as they tend to lay a lot for a few years and then stop and then you have a chicken that might live to 10, but isn't laying. So unless you have enough room to keep adding chickens then you will end up having chickens and no eggs.

Purebreds or cross breeds lay for life, but might lay less (though we are averaging 6 eggs per week from 1 chook.)

Edited by PussyDids, 25 July 2012 - 09:56 PM.





1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Show us your DUPLO creations to win!

We love to see the cool creations kids build when they play with LEGO DUPLO. Enter and share a picture of your childs creation for a chance to WIN 1 of 10 LEGO DUPLO prize packs worth over $100 each.

Jammy, Hula Hoop, Rage: Reddit reveals most unusual baby names

A recent Reddit thread has revealed some of the more creative names in the world.

Woman awakens from coma, learns she gave birth

A US woman awakened this week from a four-month-long coma that doctors had feared would be permanent and learned that she had given birth to a baby boy, according to her family.

'Give us a break': mum sent shocking letter over Facebook baby pics

Posting a lot of baby photos doesn't make you a bad person. It may make your Facebook feed a little irritating, but it doesn't make you a bad person.

In defense of the dads who do so much

It's time to shift the focus off what dads aren’t doing and shine it on what they are.

The modern cloth nappies too cute to cover up

If you're only just joining the modern cloth nappy movement, or would like to spruce up your collection, we have to introduce you to Designer Bums.

How breastfeeding can affect your libido

When you’ve just had a baby, having sex isn’t usually top priority. In fact, for a lot of women it rates about as appealing as changing another dirty nappy.

Should pregnant women be allowed to use 'parent and child' car parking spots?

Is it acceptable to use these car parking spots when pregnant? How many of us would admit to doing it?

Healthy baby from sperm taken 48 hours after a man died

Fertility doctors have described their "most extraordinary case" - creating a healthy baby from sperm taken 48 hours after a man had died.

Anti-vaccination mum's seven children contract whooping cough

A Canadian woman who had declined to have her children immunised against pertussis, better known as whooping cough, has changed her position now that all seven of her children have come down with the disease.

How pregnancy probiotics can help you and your baby

New research suggests that taking specific pregnancy probiotics could be the answer to a range of common pregnancy side effects.

Childcare is a big problem, but there's more to it

Let’s keep talking about these issues and not allow them to be put into a neat little box that’s labelled ‘Fix childcare and everything is solved’.

Pink's awesome response to body-shaming trolls

When trolls felt the need to comment on 35-year-old singer-songwriter Pink's weight, her answer was an awesome ode to body love.

Fertility clinic offers egg donors $5000

A national chain of fertility clinics is offering egg donors a $5000 payment to cover their expenses, a first for Australia which is raising concerns the money could act as an inducement.

Baby boy abandoned in India amid fresh surrogacy concerns

Australian officials could do nothing to stop an Australian couple from abandoning their baby son, born through surrogacy in India, after they decided they did not want to bring him to Australia.

Herd immunity and community responsibility: how free-riders can make kids suffer

Individual choice works for haircuts and handbags, but not for preventing infectious diseases that kill kids.

Photographer captures 'unexpected beauty' of birth

If there is one thing Leilani Rogers knows about childbirth, it is that no two deliveries are ever the same.

Expectations vs the reality of making a toddler's clothes

Note to self: less sewing, more life. Not the party dress, but the party. The toddler, as usual, has it all figured out.

Mum meets 'dead' daughter 49 years after birth

In 1965, Zella Jackson-Price was told her premature baby girl had died shortly after birth.

Sign up to our 30 days of #PlayIQ challenge

Sign up to receive 30 amazing tips and ideas for play with baby during the month of April and submit a picture or tip on our social wall for a chance to win an amazing Fisher-Price prize pack.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Sign up to our 30 days of #PlayIQ challenge

Sign up to receive 30 amazing tips and ideas for play with baby during the month of April and submit a picture or tip on our social wall for a chance to win an amazing Fisher-Price prize pack.

Tips for flying with a baby

Travelling with kids requires a whole other set of skills - ones that I have learned through (sometimes unfortunate) trial and error.

How to stay calm in an emergency

I’m not expecting you to be as calm as you might be right now. What I mean is that if your panic levels are through the roof during a stressful situation, let’s bring them down to just under the ceiling.

Toddler gets 'drunk' after cranberry juice mix-up

A toddler was taken to hospital after a waitress served her sangria instead of cranberry juice at a US restaurant.

Show us your toddlers LEGO DUPLO creations

We love to see the cool creations kids build when they play with LEGO DUPLO. Enter and share a picture of your childs creation for a chance to WIN 1 of 10 LEGO DUPLO prize packs worth over $100 each.

We need to stop using this word when we talk about childbirth

Is it shaming to point out that women are often being let down in birth?

The certificate helping parents deal with pregnancy loss

For some people, this certificate will offer a sense of validation that their child was acknowledged as being here and now gone, and will help them with life post-loss.

The phenomenon of phantom pregnancy kicks

'Phantom pregnancy kicks’ are encountered by many mums months - or even years - after their pregnancy is over.

The health insurance advice you can't afford to ignore

There's one simple switch that could save you hundreds of dollars a year in private health insurance.

4D scans show how smoking affects babies still in the womb

The harmful effects of smoking during pregnancy on unborn babies may be seen in tiny movements in their faces using 4D ultrasound scans, research has found.

The most dangerous toddler food trends

Pete Evans' paleo cookbook for kids caused a storm, but there are plenty of other unsafe food trends for babies and toddlers.

Infection killed new mum of twins

Modern medicine could not save 19-year-old Sophie Burgess who died 48 hours after giving birth to twins in the UK.

How to babyproof your job interview

Once upon a time, I was a fan of job interviews. That all changed after I'd switched careers, had a baby and decided to spend the first year at home with her.

Grieving families give warnings after toddler deaths

Two Queensland families are grieving the loss of their toddler sons after the boys drowned in separate incidents last week.

Man faces jail after giving woman abortion pill smoothie

A Norwegian man is facing jail after putting abortion pills in his ex-girlfriend's smoothie, causing her to have a miscarriage.

'He's a blessing': family of baby born without eyes

Jordy Jackson was born without eyes. He has anophthalmia, which affects one in every 100,000 babies born.

Super fit model Sarah Stage defends her pregnancy body

Model Sarah Stage has defended her pregnancy body after critics claimed her slim figure at eight-and-a-half months pregnant wasn't "normal".

Why I post breastfeeding photos online

I love to take pictures of my children. In some of the pictures, my younger son is nursing.

The day I broke my baby

There are things I wish I didn't know. I wish I didn't know that companies make tiny braces, small enough to hold necks no bigger than a wrist.

Geeky baby gear

If your family is more into Star Wars, gaming and the periodic table than most, you might want to check out these geek-chic baby items.

Grandbabies: the babies born looking old

Not a day under 65 and a lifetime of struggle! That's the look of these newborns, who look adorably older than their real age. Social networking site Reddit recently featured user submissions of adorable grandbabies, here are our favourites.

53 creative pregnancy announcements

Announcing that you're expecting can be a time to express your creativity, sense of humour and imagination. Check out how other parents and parents-to-be have broken the news to friends and family.

IKEA hacks for the nursery and kids' rooms

Are you one of those that know the whole IKEA catalogue by heart? Love their stuff but want to personalise it? Here's some inspiration to help you realise the potential of IKEA furniture and fittings.

36 baby names inspired by food and drinks

A French court may have ruled out Nutella as a baby name, but that doesn't have to stop you from taking inspiration from the supermarket (or bottle shop). See what parents in the US have chosen for their delicious little ones.

Clever breastfeeding products

Check out this range of products designed to help make your breastfeeding journey more enjoyable, manageable and convenient.

 

SIGN UP NOW!

Win a year's worth of toys

Receive a daily email from Essential Baby for just the month of April with great play tips and ideas, then submit your baby at play photos to our Playwall, Instagram or Twitter for your chance to win.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.