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Scramble the hen loses her head | RD4 The First Time

On Saturday our first ever farm animal, Scramble the hen, met with a wee ax-cident.

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The day I stole a chicken coop | RD4 The First Time

The wind that took about 80 or so trees from the pine block next door, also blew apart the neighbours chicken coop. It was then I had a brilliant idea. I should steal that.

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Can your chickens kill you? | RD4 The First Time

After a recent bout of mystery sickness, The Rural's RD4 The First Time investigates the health problems associated with keeping chickens.

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Getting rid of roosters | RD4 The First Time

RD4 The First Time has a problem with superfluous roosters, but manages to get rid of them without resorting to the bloodied axe wielding death first planned.

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Mad Chooks | RD4 The First Time

I’ve blogged about my chooks being crazy before, but they have now reached a new level in crazy. Before they were just weird. Now...

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Chicken Health: Natural Preventatives

Discover what edible flowers and plants can provide your hens with natural medicine.

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Backyard Chickens: A Guide for Beginners

If you are after a comprehensive guide to keeping chickens in your backyard (either in suburbia or on a larger block), then Michelle Templin’s Backyard Chickens: A Guide for Beginners is well worth picking up.

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Uninvited Guests: Dealing with ticks and mites | RD4 The First Time

RD4 The First Time has to deal with some unwanted guests... the New Zealand cattle tick, and chicken mites.

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Dealing with Chicken Mites

New Zealand chickens are commonly affected by two different types of mites: the northern fowl mite, and the red mite. They can be difficult to spot until an infestation is well underway, so it is important to check your flock regularly.

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Picking Your Chicken Coop Lining

There are plenty of choices for lining your chicken coop - sand, bark, wood shavings, straw - but which one is right for you?

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