I'm moving soon, not sure where to yet, but I really want chooks at the new place [yes aussies are weird haha, we shorten everything].
Foxes will be a problem if we move to the place mum wants to move to. It's in the middle of a big tree plantation so there's lots of bushland for them to hide in. Therefore, fox-proof chicken runs that I can take with me when we eventually have to move again?
And also, what breed? I want chooks I can cuddle, but they've GOT to be brave because my dog is a problem and will chase anything that moves. I don't want chooks that she's just going to scare to death. The chickens would not be completely free range for this reason and would only be let out of their run when the dog is chained... but I can't guarantee she won't harass them from the outside of the wire. So they need to be brave. A roo would sort the dog out I think but I don't want one! Too bloody noisy. And I'm scared of them because I was attacked by one when I was little.
Here in Aus we get VERY hot, don't usually get cold though. On the very rare occasion we might have a frost in winter but where I am, it never snows. But we DO have some nasty thunder/rainstorms at times. I don't want birds that can't cope with the heat. Oh yeah, and good layers would be nice. Not spectacular layers, but acceptable, to lay a decent sized egg because the eggs I do eat are usually used in baking and I find small eggs to be too hard to figure out how many I need. And at this stage I don't want to raise chicks so I'd prefer a breed that doesn't go broody! Fancy feathering is also fun, but not essential.
Oh yeah and I might be living in suburbia, it depends on where we can get cheap enough rent, so I can't have loud birds.
I don't want much!
A CLEAN SLATE FOR THE FUTURE
Last edited by blue eyed pony; 09-25-2013 at 03:59 PM.