Ur­ban live­stock Chooks

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Broody chooks are hens that just sit on the eggs des­per­ately try­ing to get them to hatch. When you try to re­move them from the nest, they fluff up their feathers and make a funny cluck­ing sound (hence the name clucky chook). This can be a great op­por­tu­nity to in­crease your stock. If you have a broody chook place some golf balls un­der her while you lo­cate some fer­tile eggs. At night gen­tly slip the golf balls out and re­place with the eggs. A large hen can eas­ily sit on 8-12 eggs, a ban­tam around six large eggs. The hen will hope­fully in­cu­bate these eggs as if they are her own. Af­ter 21 days you should have baby chicks. Brown Shaver This girl is the one of the es­ti­mated 3.3 mil­lion hens used ex­clu­sively in the com­mer­cial egg farms. It is a hy­brid breed de­vel­oped to be a lay­ing ma­chine! These hens can lay up to 320 large, brown eggs each year. They are gen­er­ally very tame as most have been raised in farms and are used to hu­mans. They can be a lit­tle noisy, es­pe­cially when they lay an egg. They are a good breed to start off with as they are easy to source as young hens from com­mer­cial egg farms. They are not long-lived as many de­velop egg-pro­duc­ing prob­lems as they age. Com­mer­cial op­er­a­tions cull them when they are around 18 months to two years old. If you would like to give some of these culled hens a new home they are of­ten sold from the egg farms for $1!

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