hi there new member here!! we have a large hobby farm near narrogin...have a great chook pen and a lovely flock of good old isa browns for eggs...however i am really interested in breeding free range chooks for meat, also ducks and geese and possibly turkeys...self sufficiency is the aim but i have absolutely no idea where to start...questions: do i start with eggs? chicks? do i breed my own or buy them in? which breeds? particularly considering our very hot summers? re ducks and geese...how do they cope with the heat? we have a great dam, and mains water as well so water isnt an issue...what to feed them?? and so on!!!
i would really appreciate any advice on the subject, also anyone local with local knowledge would be great!! thanks so much this is a great site and im sure i'll learn so much
Hi toenip and welcome the others will be along shortly to help you with some of your questions and i hope someone knows the area you live in and can give advice !!! but i think it quicker to start with the pullets or point of lay birds ! depending on how long you want to wait to start breeding !
HI Toenip I live in the wheat belt just as hot we get up there into the 50`s I have a range of stock Light Sussex that I use for meat and eggs if you look at the forum you will see one on oven ready that is one of the chooks I have just killed for the oven I also have dusks White Muscovites same meat and eggs I also have a R I red rooster breeding for meat I gave the turkeys away this year and I have been asked for them so I will start them again as for the pond /Dam ducks will soon mess that up for you and it goes green quick smart the water would be ok for crops that's all if you get Pullets you will get to the end of what you want to do sooner and get a good run out of them IMO hope this helps you welcome to the site Trev
Hello and welcome! I have to agree with the others - I also keep light sussex for egg/meat birds. Although I'm a bit south, I have a sprinkler in the chook pen to cool the birds down when it gets hot. Good luck and enjoy! ;D
Hi toenip I live in Wagin which is close to Narrogin. As everyone else says, light sussex, australorps, wyandottes, orpingtons etc are all very good for meat & eggs. All of them are very popular around this area too. The cheapest way to start would be with eggs or chicks, but the most convenient would probably be point of lay. The temp down here won't be a problem as we're always at least a couple of degrees lower than Perth in Summer. Much cooler nights too. I also keep ducks who do fine down here. I've never had a problem, or heard of anyone else having problems in Summer so you should be fine. Just make sure you have lots of shade, especially for the ducks because they really don't like sitting out in the sun. Alexandra.
Silkies, Pekins, Bantam Wyandottes, Welsh Harlequin Ducks, Dark Campbell Ducks, 2 Min Pins, a Ragdoll Cat, & a Beautiful 5yr Old Daughter.
Hi toenip, welcome. I live in Kalgoorlie and the heat doesn't seem to be a problem as long as there is shade and water. I breed australorps for meat and eggs, wich reminds me i'll have to get some more eggs soon.
Hi and welcome looks like the guys have covered most of your questions.. Good luck and looking forward to hearing how you get on
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Hi Toenip, I live in Boddington which is quite close to you, I have silkies, plymouth rocks, orpingtons, isa browns and indian runner ducks. They all cope really well with the weather down here I find the winter is probably harder for them than the summer heat I have lots of little shelters for them to snuggle up and keep warm and they seem to all be happy. All of my breeds are great for eggs and the plymouoth rocks and orpingtons are good eating as well. In summer I put up pieces of shade cloth in the coops to keep them a bit cooler and then I take them down in winter to let maximum sun in.. I would get point of lay chickens and then you won't have to wait so long to be rewarded with their lovely eggs.
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