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Warming Food for Hens - Prevent Moulting

Posted on May 28, 2020 at 10:20 PM Comments comments (0)


Noticing shorter daylight hours and colder nights? Your Hens Are Too!

As winter approaches many hens lose their feathers, this is called moulting. We have never experienced this with our hens. Although we did have one broody hen lose hers. So how come our hens don't moult their feathers due to cold?


Calories are used in the body to keep warm, all those contractions while you shiver take energy! and the cold requires more fats and proteins too. It is now time to increase calories and proteins and fats in your hens diet.


CALORIES  The hens ideally have eaten about 110 grams of layer mix. They can now have this increased up to 125g.

We measure out the dry mix and add warm water to make a warm mash to feed them on the coldest days. Yes, not necessary, but I appreciate drinking my coffee hot in the morning, so consider they'd prefer a little warmth too.


FATS Provide essential fatty acids via a scratch mix added to their diet. Our gals get this every 2 days. Within the scratch they recieve  sunflower seed oil and more. Adding scatch mix also increases minerals and vitamins.





Here is a listing of some of the ingredients: Triticale, Sunflowers, Pea meal, Kalo, Lucerne chaff


PROTEIN Occasionally you can give your gals corn. It has an amino acid (building block of protein) called cystine.

These extra elements in their diet encourage feather retention and growth. You may discover that by adding more to their diet they will continue egg production over winter as well.





Posted on March 10, 2020 at 8:50 PM Comments comments (0)

 EGGS – YOU NEED THEM     The most abundant of SUPERFOODS, eggs contain the 9 essential amino acids. They are called essential as your body must get them from YOUR DIET and can’t make them. You may have heard of a few: Lysine to heal cold sores, L tryptophan to calm the mood. You NEEDS them to:

• Break down food

• Grow

• Repair body tissue

• Perform many vital body functions

Eggs are only 75 calories each and make you fuller for longer, isn’t that a wonderful gift from your own backyard chickens each day.

There are 11 vitamins, minerals and nutrients in eggs.

100grams is 2 eggs and studies have shown that the cholesterol they contain is essential to build cell and nerve membranes including brain lining. Additionally, cholesterol builds hormones such as testosterone, estrogen and cortisol.

A clinical study http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25833969 

was conducted with overweight or obese people who had pre-Diabetes or Type 2 Diabetes. Results were gained from patients eating a high-egg diet (2 eggs each day for 6 weeks) compared with a low-egg diet (<2 eggs week).

There was no significant difference in the change in HDL (high-density lipoprotein) cholesterol between groups.

In troubled times “you can live off eggs and potatoes”, A wise observation by an elderly lady I met recently.



Winner Winner - Chicken Win

Posted on February 18, 2020 at 2:15 AM Comments comments (1)


In appreciation to all the wonderful people who have joined us during the years.

You know who you are:

the families who decided you wanted the kids to understand where eggs come from.

The men and women who wanted to surprise their partners on their birthdays and Christmas.

The Nanna and Grandads that wanted their grandys to enjoy chickens on their visits.

The children saving their pocket money to buy chickens, or make money on the sale of their hens eggs

The country people who wanted to replenish their flocks.

And the many other people who have dreamt of having chickens for a long time, and have decided life is too short - and decide "lets get the whole set up this weekend."

A simple email or phone message and you too can be enjoying your hens and their eggs. 


To our previous customers

We sent out invitations giving the chance to WIN


A choice of



A stash of FEED for your pet


Return to the Winner Page for Result of the draw on 7th March

Chooks In The City were the 1st to make your experience






Not so mighty MITES

Posted on February 3, 2020 at 2:20 AM Comments comments (0)

My intention with this post is to encourage an exchange of information regarding pesky mites.

These critters are so tiny, you likely will not see them on your chickens.

BUT you will see their handy work... 

IF your gals legs are not smooth and youthful, but are rather bulging and have a dry look, this is evidence of mite infestation. 

IT is very common and nothing to be alarmed about. The mites are most active at night and may live in cracks within the hen house and they have made their way their from the soil. 

One helpful tactic is to completley wash down the hen house with  builders lime wash during a warm day - letting it thoroughly dry before the gals go back in at night time. On the same day treat all the gals who show signs of mites. 

Treating the girls legs can be done over a course of a week with dish detergent and lavender (Fairy dish detergent concentrate works extremely well to remove all kinds of debris off feathered friends). You can use the detergent and instead substitute in vinegar instead of lavender. 

A once only dusting with diatamaceous earth is also effective. TAKE CARE with this, I usually wear a dust mask and put the chicken in a bucket with about a cup of earth which I then dust over her legs with a large paint brush.

You may hear of some folk saying use sump oil, but I believe it is best to take the less drastic treatment and if you consider oils to smother the mites consider common cooking oils - also adding lavendar as a gentle insecticide.

SHARE what you consider the best treatment and help keep our wonderful gals strong, healthy and content. 


Posted on December 15, 2017 at 11:00 PM Comments comments (2)

Chickens are resiliant animals, they have to be, to have survived changing habitats and climates for millions of years.

Scientific Journals have asserted that they are the closest living relative to the Tyrannosaurus Rex! 

They have a very clever design, where both excretory functions are combined into one. The purpose of this is to allow the birds to be lightweight for flight, without excess weight involved in fluid storage.

Without the capacity to store water, birds have a heightened needs for access to fresh clean water. Each bird will need at least 1/2 a litre per day. If they are currently laying eggs or it is hot weather this can increase to 1 litre. Make sure you don't allow green bacterial slime to build up in their water - you may consider keeping a brush nearby to clean their water tray when you replace their water. Keep this in a shaded area. Alternatively refill their water bulb frequently. (We have stock of the largest water bulbs for your chickens please email through our contact page if interested).

The importance of keeping your hens hydrated and with some cool shade can't be over emphasised. Heat exhaustion can quickly lead to mortality within your flock. If you do have chickens passed out from the heat, you may try reviving them, open their beaks and squirt a syringe of water in, it depends on how long they have been unconcious for. They may surprise you, and regain their consciousness. 

 More tip and tricks for keeping their yard cool coming soon!! 


Posted on November 8, 2017 at 4:50 AM Comments comments (0)


Our ancestors have used LAVENDER to provide stress release, calm their burns, and as a pesticide. 

Similarly ROSEMARY wards of insects such as the common poultry mite. Rosemary also assists the memory, maybe not so essential for your hens, but a great benefit for us humans with our hectic activities. 

TEA TREE is both anti bacterial and ANTI VIRAL. The listed benefits are just a few, of the wonderful assistance plants can give. If we considering the knowledge and daily uses of these plants from diverse cultures, gained over centuries, it is little wonder we are returning to them. WONDERFUL woody aromatic plants are so easy to cultivate and maintain in your garden. The next best thing in your garden may be the Wormwood plant... it's name gives a clue to its usefulness.


Posted on November 8, 2017 at 4:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Kids spend their pocket money on what we adults often consider 'plastic rubbish'... and isn't there a lot of it!

Colourful and cute it beckons from the shop shelf, then it joins a collection in the toy box, in the bin, and then ultimately into landfill where it remains for decades or beyond.

It was with great delight that I delivered to a young 9 year old girl. She had been patiently saving her pocket money until she asked her Mum to contact Chooks In The City and ask for the delivery of her Chook Coop and two hens.

She named her gals Hamish and Andy. She took great pride in caring for them, as might be expected, given her engagement in getting them. Sadly, Hamish passed away. She sought out another companion for Andy and came to me to select a younger Hamish II.

Then about a month later I had contact again from this thoughtful young girl. This time Grandma and Grandpa had given her the money to purchase another 2 friends for Hamish and Andy, on the proviso that they got the eggs.

Inter-generational gifting will be ongoing between them. What a great way to bond a family.

It all started with a decision and a commitment by a young girl. She spent her pocket money on living creatures

that give back rather than on more plastic.

GOOD Odd EGGS 25 September, 2017

Posted on November 8, 2017 at 4:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Isa Brown chickens lay consistently from about the age of 6 months. Usually the first 18 months of their laying career is prolific.

Your 2 hens will likely fill an egg carton with beautiful fresh eggs within the space of a week.

Consider the egg: it is packed full of vitamins, minerals, essential amino acids, gives a huge protein hit and healthy cholesterol for your nerve coatings. A true gift from your chickens.

Occasionally I am asked "Is a rooster needed for egg production?" No, a rooster is only needed if you want fertilised eggs to breed more chickens. "Can you eat the first tiny egg the young hen lays?" Yes, you can, but it may not have much of a yolk and is about half size of usual eggs (see above). "If the egg has bluish coloured shell, or an odd shaped shell can I still eat it?" Yes.

TREATS FOR CHICKS 1 September, 2017

Posted on November 8, 2017 at 4:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Birds like grains and seeds right? Your chickens really want you to know what treats they get excited about. My hens favourite treat is Cat Biscuits. They get into a frenzy and frantically peck them up, they make me think of an over-wound wind up toy.

My gals discovered the cat bowl hidden in the laundry, and would charge down the pathway, down to the laundry door every time they heard the door open. Opportunists!!

When you consider what cats need, it's low salt and high protein. Considering chickens need extra protein to create all those eggs, it's a great choice. I (and they) especially like the fish variety, it gives them and ultimately you, lots of omega 3. 

An unforseen, added benefit, is they kept their feathers and have never gone through a molt the entire 7 years I have owned hens. It's all that extra good protein used as building blocks for eggs and feathers. 

Chickens have such small heads, I can't imagine where they keep their taste buds, but they definitely do find cat biscuits super tasty, try it with your chickens.