This hot weather provides a great breeding ground for lice. Pull back the feathers on the undeside of your chook. If you can see small, light brown ‘grains of rice’ moving, your girls have lice. Allowing them daily dust baths helps but you can dust them with a bird lice powder from the pet shop. I make an organic dusting bath for them by adding sand, wood ash, flowers of sulphur and diatomaceous earth together in a low sided container. They will dust themselves in this and kill the lice. These large framed chooks are great layers and do well in a backyard situation. They have glossy rust coloured feathers and lay large brown eggs. If well fed they can lay up to six eggs a week. Some strains, especially the roosters, can be aggressive and will normally become the dominant one in a flock. If your garden is small you can get this breed in the pint-sized bantam variety too! Your worms will be more active due to the hot weather. You can feed them more during the summer. Ensure their bedding does not become too dry in the hot weather.