With the cold weather upon us it is imperative to ensure that your chooks have adequate shelter. Chickens can handle the cold but do not like getting wet or chilled by cold wind. Any protection must be draft free but with good ventilation to prevent the build-up of ammonia. Ensure that each of your girls has at least 20cm of perch space. Perches ideally should at least 50cm off the ground and square in shape
This breed originated in Spain. It is a stunning bird with black glossy feathers which appear green in the sunlight. They have very large white earlobes and a bright red comb. They lay around 200 large white eggs a year. These girls seldom go broody but can be a bit flighty. If they get startled they can jump over high fences as they have a small frame. Keep their wings clipped or
ensure all fences are taller than 5 feet.
If you are a fisherman and want to fatten some of your worms up to use as bait here is a recipe. Mix together in a food blender 10 used egg shells, 1 cup of used coffee grounds, 2 cups of rolled oats and 2 cups of polenta or cornmeal. Add water to make a paste. Spread this paste on top layer of worm farm so worms can eat. After a month you should be able to sort through and pick out some sumo worms to attract fish.
Green Urban Living courses:
Keeping Chickens and other poultry in town, including ducks and quail: Saturday, 9th June, 1pm – 3:30pm
Saturday, 9th June, 9am – 12 midday
Home Hydroponics and Aquaponics
Sunday, 10th June, 10 – 12 midday
Create Your Own Mini Orchard
Sunday, 5th August, 1:30pm – 3:30pm