Chickens are the gateway animal to homesteading. You have been warned. Once you have them, you will be hooked. Chickens make a fantastic contribution to any backyard that they are welcomed into, and they are quite addictive.
Choosing the right egg laying chicken breeds for your backyard is an overwhelming task. There are literally hundreds of chicken breeds available and they all lay eggs. When you are looking for a hen that lays lots of eggs, you need a layer breed rather than a meat or dual purpose breed. Continue reading “Top 3 Heritage Egg Laying Chicken Breeds | Backyard Eggs”
Healthy strong stock will avoid most rabbit diseases. You can breed your rabbits to be resistant to most illnesses, and to be resilient and strong. Continue reading “Preventing Rabbit Diseases in your Rabbitry | How to Deal with a Sick Rabbit”
Our rabbits live in a colony, and they have been using metal bowls for their water. However they always tip over their water bowls before everyone has had a chance to have a drink. I decided that it was time to make an automatic waterer for the rabbits and another one the same for the chickens.
Keeping rabbits in a colony is a fantastic, natural way of raising rabbits. The only problem I have really encountered is their love of tipping their bowls over.
Having a goat first aid kit set up in a cupboard ready to go reduces a lot of stress when you are dealing with a sick or injured animal as everything you need is there together. I suggest you assemble these things and create a kit and keep it somewhere handy. This isn’t just a goat first aid kit, you can use these things for most animal situations, and humans too.
Growing meat rabbits is basically easy. Put boy rabbits and girl rabbits in together with food and eat the excess bunnies. Simple right??
At this time of year there are a lot of people buying baby chickens and other baby poultry. They are fragile little beings that need to be kept safe and warm. This expandable DIY chicken brooder is exactly what you need.
During the first week of March 2017, a planned national release of RHDV1 K5, will go ahead in Australia, New Zealand is expected to follow suit. There is no cure for Rabbit Calicivirus (RCD), therefore prevention is the only option. Below I will show you steps you can take to prevent the spread of RCD in your rabbits. Continue reading “Preventing an Outbreak of Rabbit Calicivirus in your Rabbitry”
Chickens LOVE their dust baths, and surprisingly rabbits naturally roll in dust too! Why not set up a suped-up dust bath for them to help treat parasites while they are at it? You will need one dust bath for every 10- 15 or so chickens or every 5 adult rabbits, and put it somewhere it won’t get rained on so they can use it all year long. Continue reading “The Ultimate Chicken and Rabbit Dust Bath Recipe”