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Some plants are toxic to chooks. Some of th­ese plants are quite com­mon in the av­er­age gar­den. Have a look around your gar­den and check if you have any of the fol­low­ing plants. Re­move or pre­vent your chooks from vis­it­ing th­ese ar­eas. Av­o­cado flesh and stone, box hedg­ing, daphne, eu­ca­lyp­tus shoots, inkweed, ole­an­der, green pota­toes, lan­tana, daf­fodil, kowhai leaves, oak leaves.

Silkie ban­tam The Silkie has soft fluffy plumage and feathers on their feet. They are quiet and make great moth­ers. They can lay around 100 cream-coloured eggs a year but typ­i­cally go broody want­ing to hatch any­thing they can sit on, in­clud­ing gold balls. Hav­ing a small frame they are not as de­struc­tive in the gar­den as the larger chooks. Be­ing so gen­tle they can of­ten get bul­lied by larger hens. They have black skin, bones and grey­ish black meat – not the best for the Sun­day roast!

Worm farm

Avoid feed­ing your worms large amounts of cit­rus, onion or gar­lic. Avoid meat, fish or any spicy food. Never add cat, dog or animal fae­ces. Not only is it unhygienic but if the animal has been wormed re­cently the chem­i­cals could still be ac­tive in the an­i­mals fae­ces and could still kill your worms.

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