Ur­ban livestock

Element - - Gardening -

Chooks

Hens re­quire a dry small quiet spot to lay their daily eggs. When choos­ing a place, keep in mind it needs to be eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble for you to col­lect the daily eggs. I use a lawn mower catcher or an old pic­nic bas­ket with a hole cut in the front. Pro­vide some dry, soft nest­ing ma­te­rial. Pine nee­dles, laven­der stalks, pen­ny­royal leaves and rose­mary stems can all be added to help de­ter lice and mites. The Wel­sum­mer breed orig­i­nated from Hol­land. It is a light breed lay­ing around 200 – 260 brown eggs a year. The hens are brown with a golden neck. They make good back­yard chooks as they are used to con­fine­ment but if let out at times they are good at for­ag­ing, thus keep­ing food bills down.

Worm Farm

With all the rain we have had check that your worms aren’t wa­ter­logged. If you open up the worm farm and notice that all your worms are up un­der the lid it is too wet for them. I keep the drainage tap of my worm farm open at all times with a bucket un­der­neath to col­lect the fluid.

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