Make them love you with food.

Here are the newest additions to our chookyard, 3 Light Sussex hens. Gaining their trust right from the word go is high on the agenda, and this is me winning them over with sunflower seeds. A few days of seducing them with tasty tidbits and they’ll be running to me, instead of running away. It […]

Got weeding to do? Get a chicken!

Every autumn I sow a mustard greencrop in the greenhouse. Mustard for soil is like lemon juice for livers – a deep cleanse. Come June when we’re done with the tomatoes and peppers I let the chickens loose amongst it. Don’t you just love seeing a chicken how nature intended, body lost in a jungle […]

January in the Chook Yard

Chooks don’t sweat. Imagine that in this heat! To make up for this fact you need to provide them with shade (and don’t skimp on it) summer through autumn. A dust bath (in the shade), fresh ground and a daily change of water help too. Put a dose of cider vinegar or garlic in their […]

Natural remedies for worms in Chooks

Sweetie (chook on the left) has a dirty behind – a possible sign of worms. If I get in quick, I’ll save the day with herbs! Spring’s a common time for worms, so lets be prepared with some natural solutions. Worms are preventable. Here’s a checklist: • Keep their house clean and dry (I use […]