Caroola Chickens

Rodney the Rooster

Day Old PoultryWe love our chickens! They are raised on pasture, humanely treated, supplemented with natural minerals and certified organic feed.

We have a range of different Chicken breeds at Caroola from breeders (Light and Buff Sussex) to egg layers (Australorp) and meat chickens (Cornish Cross and Sommerlad).

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Spring activities on the Farm

Guilds for the forest gardenWe’ve got a lot done already on the farm, and some good drops of rain to go with it.

Ongoing activities include:

Breeding – sheep, cattle, chickens and ducks

Tree planting – forest gardens, windbreaks, forage woodland belts

Fencing – yes, we are still repairing fences from the bushfire

Animal processing – on-farm for our own consumption.Planting mulberries

What’s next?

More tree planting, yeomans plowing and tree mounding, finishing the polytunnel, paddock remineralisation, systems for holistic grazing, irrigation … CONTINUE READING

Winter 2013 – Preparation, Poultry, Paddocks and Planting

Clearing the forest garden area from burned tree remainsWho said winter was a quiet time on the farm. I have to say we’ve never been busier, preparing, planting and more.

Forest Garden Prep

With many of the trees around the house and old tennis court burned by the bushfire, we set about removing them. We had to use large machinery in many instances, but suffice to say the remaining soil was fairly much … CONTINUE READING

Raising chickens

Wanting to have dual purpose meat and egg birds, we ordered a batch of fertilised Light Sussex eggs, all the way from WA (closest we could find them).

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Into the incubator for 21 days, with the last 3 days ‘off rotation’ so they did not turn, increased the humidity and decreased the temperature.

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They hatched over a 24 hour period and we left them in there to dry (they get food from the yolk for the first 24 hours).

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Breeding baby chickens

1 day old baby Light Sussex chickens. We started with 3 dozen in the incubator. 1 dozen got discarded due to being infertile eggs or not forming a proper embryo. So far we have 8 hatched and healthy, and a few more eggs we’ll give to the end of the day…

In the incubator.

Newly hatched

New home after 24 hours

Huddling together…