Garlic the natural chicken medicine

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While having a few drinks with a friend we got to discussing keeping chickens and he informs me that his wife is a chook finatic and he says all he knows is every two weeks or so he has to throw a few cloves of crushed garlic into their water.

So I looked into it over the next few days I was a skeptic and when I see claims that garlic fed to chickens daily acts as a dewormer, an immune system builder, increases respiratory health, repels external parasites and reduces the stink of chicken poop, I think: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

So I did some more digging and now I’m adding garlic to the water every few weeks, and all the information I can find says the same thing it does all the things it claims to.

Garlic has been used in medicine for thousands of years and everyone swears by it, it looks like its the same for chickens

I crush two cloves and put it in the water for 3 days and then take swap it all out, to boost immunity which as everyone knows helps fight and fend off every disease and parasite in most animals, mamals and chickens

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Chickens seem to have lice or mites

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We have come back from a few days away and gone in to clean out the chicken coop and the chickens didnt look to happy

After a closer inspection I have noticed a few small black dots running around on the chickens and in the droppings tray under the perch.

Apparently we have has some rain some heat and humid conditions looks like it must have been the perfect conditions so now we have the beginnings of an infestation of some sort

I have checked the dogs and they are fine no worries at all so it is confined to the chicken coop.

After  a quick trip up to the local rural supply shop  i have grabbed some pestine.

This stuff is great I have dusted the girls, not that they were to happy with that and have sprinkled it around the coop, The best words of advise i got from an old guy i chatted to a while ago if you spread it through  the hay/shavings in the nesting box when the chickens kick and shuffle it around they will help cover themselves with the pestine which will make sure the pests be it lice or mites are all gone and stay that way.

I didn’t work out if they were mites or lice or what the difference is between the two but the best part is this stuff works a treat

I also gave the dogs a shake as well just to be sure as we dont want them having those annoying things.

I did a big change of bedding and nest boxes at the start and also shook a bit of pestine around the lid of the bin and around the ground to make sure if there was any still around they could make a comeback

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Straw or pine wood \ shavings

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After a few weeks of solid rain my chicken coop is not looking the best or smelling the best I have changed the straw and put down some lime to help the soil which has fixe dit but it is still very wet under foot in that area of the yard

So I decided to try something a different, I had been doing a bit of research and tried wood / pine shavings to line the nest and chicken coop

It seems to have made a big difference and it doesn’t root when it gets wet so we will see how the chickens like it.

They have made their nest and kicked it aroudn and seem to love it so only time will tell to see if I go back to the straw/hay

The wife and kids like it as it smells a bit like a pine forest at the moment. I will put and update up in a  few weeks and see how it goes

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3 Isa brown chicks, the decission is made

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After much discussions about bantams, isa’s egg production egg sizes the decision is made after playing with a few Isa Browns they are calm enough for the kids to play with yet they lay lots of eggs and big ones at that

So three eggs a day it is once they start laying of course

We picked them up today and the kids wanted to keep them inside, after much discussions the decision was made to let them have a roam around in their coop, and as they loved it so much i convinced the kids they needed to stay outside

I will post some pics soon

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Found where to buy chickens in geelong area

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After much search of papers Google-ing   and speaking to lots of people, I have found the place to buy chickens in the geelong area.

There is lots of opinions and lots of thoughts but i found Martin out on Barwon Heads road to have a full range of chickens with different types, sizes breeds and ages along with every other animal, sheep, mini goats rabbits, guinea pigs, piglets you name it its there the kids had a ball

I have opted not to go for the just hatched chicks as we are going away for a long weekend but we will pick up some 5 week old chicks when we return

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Finished the Chicken Coop

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I have finished the chicken coop i will upload some pics soon but it is now complete and ready for some chickens to move into time to look for breeders in the area as Im a big fan of shopping local

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Adding the chicken coop nesting areas and starting a few walls

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The roof was on and now it was time to spend some time setting up the nesting area to keep the chickens warm and dry.
I had a site supervisor to help me out, so i handed over the chicken coop plans to him and asked him to do it while i was out but not much happened, i think he thinks the chicken coop is his new house

The site manager hard at work on the chicken coop

The site manager hard at work on the chicken coop if only he knew what was coming

I added the supports for the floor and then added some timber onto the floor .

I then added a back wall to the hicken coop’s nesting area and then realised i was running out of time and running out of materials

Here are some pictiures of wher the chicken coop is up to now

The floor and wall going in

The floor and wall going onto the chicken coop

Chicken coop wall is going in

Chicken coop wall and floor is going in

The chicken coop plans are coming together

THe chicken coop plans are coming together

When I have some more time I will get some more done and post it up here

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Adding the Roof to the Chicken Coop

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As I mentioned earlier i managed to source a few sheets of colour bond roofing form the mother in laws house to add to the building a chicken coop materials supply. And it was time to follow the chicken coop plans and throw the roof sheets on.

There is a house getting build next door and they have just finished putting the roof on and they had a roll of roof insulation left over so i grabbed a few meters of it for the chicken coop as it can get hot in summer.

The roof went on with the help of my daughter passing me the screws so i in her words I could get the roof on the chicken coop so we can keep the chickens dry they are getting closer

I managed to score some spare time to get the roof on the chicken coop and here are the pictures of the chock pen so far

The chicken coop roof going on

The chicken coop roof going on with the insulation underneath

Close up of the roofing going on the chicken coop

Close up of the roofing going on the chicken coop

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Adding the wire to the chicken coop

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I have the frame of the chicken coop done and the best part is it fits into the area i had planned so my maths was fight on.

The fun part now is attaching all the wire, because bigger is better and i have over sized my chicken coop it was time to wire it which was the part i had given the least thought to !!

I used small square wire to protect the chickens in the chicken house.

I started addign the wire and soon realiesed it was goign to take me a bit longer than i had planned ! but i persisited and got mos to fit done in the time i had

Here a re a few pics of the chicken coop in its current state

chicken coop wired

chicken coop wired on a few sides and the bottom

Chicken coop standing on its end

Chicken coop standing on its end while i wire the botom to keep the dog out

The chickens house is getting there slowly but once again not quick enough for the kids, can we get the chickens now dad its almost ready ?

ps happy birthday queen thansk for the day of !! a public holiday for a birthday goto love it

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Chicken coop time on the queens birthday weekend

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The queens birthday long weekend gives me a great chance to start this DIY project to build the chicken coop.
The chicken coop plans are all done its now time to start to put it all together.
I lay out all the materials i have and get the circular saw and all the other tools i need out.
My Son decides he wants to help so i give him a few small tasks to do while i cut the lengths i need, while im doing that he asks, when can we get the chickens can we get them today ! I explain that we cant get the chickens today as we have to use the plans that we have to build the chicken hutch before we can buy the chickens, where will they sleep i ask him? He offered his room but i convinced him that wouldn’t be a good idea

The timber lengths were cut and I start to do a heap of mitre cuts so we can join the chicken coop floor and walls together. I give my 7 year old a hammer and a chisel and show him how to clean out the cuts, he does it with ease this is going to be good

Between the two of us we manage to follow the chicken coop plans and get to the stage we need to put it all together so i pull out some screw and some trusty liquid nails for extra support and we are ready to go

After about an hour we get it all glued and screwed and decide that is enough for the day, then the kids stand back looka t it and say can we buy the chickens yet ? Ahh the kids are still chicken crazy

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