FAQ's

Yes, here it is.  In order to save you time (and me breath), I have attempted to answer the most common questions I get from intending poultry neophytes.

These answers are based on over 20 years experience keeping chooks and 12 years selling them (rather than in depth research into the topic).  If I’m wrong on something (and you know better) please feel free to raise it with me, but expect a discussion to ensue!  Also, there may be a trick question or two in here, be aware.

Please note: the categories were selected while I was hunched over the laptop, late at night, beer in hand, and may be a little counterintuitive.

Dave (Mr Chicken) Ingham

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 Frequently Asked QuestionCategory
16Do the chooks need a commercial feed?Diet
17Do the chooks really need chookfeed if I give them lots of scraps?Diet
18Do the coops need painting, oiling or staining?Coops
19Do you need a rooster to get eggs?Chooks
20Does their diet affect the quality of the eggs?Diet
21How high do my fences need to be to keep chooks in?Coops
22How long do chooks lay for?Chooks
23How many eggs does a chook lay?Chooks
24How old are hens when they start laying?Chooks
25I have a Pit Bull Terrier called “killer”, is he likely to get along with my chooks?Problems
26If I have a sick chook what should I do?Diseases
27Is there a lot of work involved in caring for chooks?Chooks
28Is vaccination important for a backyard chook?Diseases
29My chook is sitting on the nest all day, not sick but not out and about, what is going on?Chooks
30My chooks lay their eggs in their own nest, not in the coop is this a problem?Chooks