Chickens Chooks Everthing you ever wanted to know + renting

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    Cickens Chooks Everthing you ever wanted to know + renting them

    We have lots of threads on chooks-- diets where to get them, varieties, etc
    I thought it would be nice to put all our combined wisdom into one thread
    What inspired me was an article in Gardening Australia.
    Did you know you can RENT chooks!
    Try before you buy!
    What a great concept
    GA gives two sources. Any more in other places on the planet?
    https://www.citychicks.com.au/
    and
    https://rentachook.com.au/
     
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    Great idea.
    Does anyone have a recomendation for a dual purpose breed for northern QLD.
     
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    Re: Chickens Chooks Everthing you ever wanted to know + renting

    Go to the next local show , and talk to the people who have brought in some chooks .
    I have seen many people with them up here. Just get ones you like the look of .
    BUT do not get to attached to them if you live near the bush as a great big whopping python will come and gobble some up :x
     
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    Re: Chickens Chooks Everthing you ever wanted to know + renting

    Have talked to a few folk, but always wonder how many show breeders choose that breed because it is right or because it is pretty.
    Snakes are not a problem. Geese, muskovies and a couple a dogs. Snakes don't live here for long. Even had tree snake die on the electric fence, which was quite suprising.
     
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    Re: Chickens Chooks Everthing you ever wanted to know + renting

    Poultry Shows
    TASMANIA
    April 26 Bantam Club Show Information Day – Poultry Pavilion, RHS
    May 9 Southern Tasmanian Poultry Club Show – Poultry Pavilion, RHS
    June 6 - 7 Southern Tasmanian Poultry Club Show – Poultry Pavilion
    July 18 Bantam Club Show – Poultry Pavilion
    August 22 Tas Rare Breeds Annual Show – Poultry Pavilion
    September 5 Southern Tasmanian Poultry Club Show – Poultry Pavilion

    https://dubbo.nsw.gov.au/CustomContentRe ... ?ID=177213
    QLD
    Beaudesert Poultry Club - Qld. - 2009 Activities
    https://forum.backyardpoultry.com/viewto ... &t=7964282
    WA[​IMG]
    https://oakfordpurebredpoultry.webs.com/index.htm
    https://oakfordpurebredpoultry.webs.com/ ... lendar.htm
    NZ
    https://zzseeker.com/search.php?q=list%2 ... lia%202009
    WORLD
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    https://www.thepoultrysite.com/poultryne ... ces-events

    Like garden clubs these poultry clubs are great storehouses of information, much of which you will never find in books.
     
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    Re: Chickens Chooks Everthing you ever wanted to know + renting

    Talk about serendipity
    I JUST finished posting above when my daughter stumbled me this from a great site on how to save money(we are both unemployed!)
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    https://www.simplesavings.com.au/newsletter/2004/june/
     
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    Re: Chickens Chooks Everthing you ever wanted to know + renting

    We are about to get some chooks. The tractor is ready to go but they will most free range.

    We are looking at Rhode Island Reds, Australorps, Langshans or Light Sussex. Does anyone have any recommendations or things to watch out for in regard to breed choice. Would bantams of the breeds listed be better for a backyard situation?

    Thanks.
     
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    Re: Chickens Chooks Everthing you ever wanted to know + renting

    I have always been told that bantams actually need more room than most of the heavier breeds, due to them being hyperactive little buggers. I have had both australorps and RIR in the past and liked both.
     
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    Re: Chickens Chooks Everthing you ever wanted to know + renting

    Pumpkin,

    Bantams are usually better sitters so if you want to produce your own chicks you might need a few. You can always swop the eggs she's laid for other eggs, she won't mind if you do it in the early evening - but wear gloves because you'll get pecked!

    One of our bantams has just hatched 17 chicks - that's a record for us !

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    Re: Chickens Chooks Everthing you ever wanted to know + renting

    There's also Backyard Poultry and Aussie Chook Chat, both have contributors from all over Aus and not just show breeders. There are often debates about purebreds vs crossbreds, bantams vs standard fowl and comparisons of different breeds characteristics. You'll find enough info there to keep you thinking.

    You can locate sellers off either of these sites. If you get a broody you can buy eggs of a desired breed for setting although success rates once they're posted can be dodgy. There is also Farmstock which lists poultry for sale all over Aus so between them you should be able to find someone with something suitable nearby.

    Don't forget within one breed you'll get different lines so it's not easy to say a breed is like 'this' or 'that'. Some lines are for show, some are kept for utility purposes. Some lines within a breed might be better layers or more active foragers, etc. eg. a recent discussion about aggression in roosters and how some pekins are far more dangerous than some larger fowl etc. You need to find out about the line, not just the breed. My own birds are from a supposedly flighty breed but have never had that problem with them (20 years) til this generation when suddenly - they've all decided they want to fly!
     
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    We've always had fluffy feet bantams. They don't fly out of our suburban backyard. They're really good at sitting on eggs and great mums. They're very gentle, and have never pecked any of us (except for our rooster, but he's an over protective so and so of our girls, so we don't mind). We get an egg a day from each girl. They are also hilarious to watch, never a dull moment in our yard.
     

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