Ur­ban Live­stock

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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

Mi­norca

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

Back­yard or­gan­ics

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

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