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Best Egg Laying Chickens
In a world where the cost of living continues to rise and financial uncertainty seems...
Chickens on Wood Shavings
As a backyard chicken keeper, selecting the right bedding and nesting materials for your coop...
The Backyard Chicken Diet: Striking the Perfect Balance with Kitchen Scraps
As a backyard chicken owner, you may have heard that feeding your chooks kitchen scraps...
Confessions of a Chicken Keeper
At Talking Hens, we're passionate about supporting and learning from our amazing community of backyard...
Chickens in the backyard
As the cooler months of autumn start to roll in, you may start noticing some...
Sussex hens on grass
New to chickens and thinking about adding some feathered friends to your backyard? Fantastic! Fresh...
Moulting Chickens: Why and How To Help
If you’ve kept backyard chickens for long, you’ll know that the shorter, cooler days of...
Why Chickens Should Not Sleep in Nest Boxes
While letting your chickens sleep in nesting boxes might seem like a minor issue, it's...
Easter eggs
Eggs are such a versatile ingredient. From fluffy omelettes to rich cakes and protein shakes,...
Weird Egg in egg holder
Quick and easy ways to treat intestinal worms It’s a fact of life that chickens...
How Best to Use Chicken Manure
Believe it or not, your chook’s manure is arguably more valuable than the amazing eggs...
Eggs on a tray
Let’s face it, the last thing you need is another job in your busy day....
Why sustainability is synonymous with backyard chooks
Reassuringly, as backyard hen owners, you’re already part of the movement of change-makers that comprise...
Cracking the Case of "Odd" Chicken Eggs
For keepers of backyard chickens, their children or grandchildren, the daily collection of fresh eggs...
Baby Chickens
It’s a fact that chickens don’t sweat (unlike us humans), so once temperatures rise above...
The Truth about Snakes and Chickens
In suburban Melbourne and its outer reaches, if you encounter a snake, it’s most likely...
Have you got a broody hen?
You’ve probably noticed that there’s a queue at the nesting boxes every morning lately thanks...
On Holiday
Heading off on holidays? Don't let your feathered friends become an afterthought! With a little...
The Importance of Using a Balanced Chicken Feed
Owning a backyard flock is certainly a wonderful experience, filled with fresh eggs, entertainment and...
Poultry Drinker
As the summer temperatures begin to rise, the well-being of your backyard chickens should be...
Protecting your Backyard Chickens from Melbourne Foxes
Foxes are everywhere and increasingly active in urban backyards throughout Melbourne and all other cities...
Creating a Dust Bath for Your Chickens: Benefits, Ingredients and Tips
If you are a chicken owner, you will likely have seen your hens digging a...
Chicken on grass
Now and again, egg-laying can just stop. Sometimes, it can be a struggle to find...
Seven Key Questions to Ask When Buying Hens from a "Chickens for Sale" Ad
Buying hens from a “chickens for sale” ad can be dangerous for the unprepared. There...
Understanding Chicken Feed: Types and Their Benefits
There is a range of options when it comes to providing your hens with their...

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The European fox, introduced to Australia in the 1870s, has become one of the most...
There are a number of common health challenges that can affect backyard chickens. Like all...
There are a number of predators in Australia that are keen on eating backyard chickens....

The Ultimate Guide to Raising Happy Chickens

Whether you're a beginner or an experienced chicken keeper, our e-book has something for you. Discover chicken breeds, feed, and coop setup for your flock, plus tips for keeping them healthy.