My Chicken Fractured Her Leg!
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by Pressplay Pets
4h ago
As a new chicken mum I sure have had to learn a lot fast! From starter feed, grower feed, layer feed, medicated feed, pellets, crumbles, mash, apple cider vinegar with garlic, worming, different poop colours (and that smells that come with the various colours!) and then the annual moult, as you step out the back door in the morning and think a fox has gotten into your coup overnight…yes I honestly thought I was dealing with a crime scene during their first moult. There was however one thing of which I was not aware. The importance of calcium. I thought if I gave my girls the best quality food ..read more
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How To Prevent Calcium Deficiency In Chickens
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by Pressplay Pets
4h ago
No different to humans, chickens require the correct amount of nutrients for optimal health. Depending on the breed a hen can lay around 200-300 eggs a year, that’s about 1 egg every 24-26 hours. Each eggshell contains approximately 95% calcium carbonate.  That means a chicken needs to eat 20 times more calcium in their bodies to produce hard eggshells. To make the eggshell hard a hen will mostly use the dietary calcium that is available to them. If free choice access to calcium is not available or the amount is insufficient as the shell is forming, a hen will than need to draw upon their ..read more
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Glengallan Homestead & Heritage Centre
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by Pressplay Pets
6M ago
Looking for a dog friendly day trip that is rich in history, grandeur and a touch goosebumps creepiness?  Then jump in the car and head two hours south-west of Brisbane and you will come across Glengallan. Glengallan is a rural township located in the Southern Downs Region, near Warwick, Queensland.  With a population of just 57 residents recorded on the 2021 Census it has a few heritage-listed sites but none arguably more fascinating than Glengallan Homestead, a two-storeyed sandstone mansion located on the New England Highway Built in 1867-68 by John Deuchar and it is thought he ha ..read more
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My Dogs and Chickens – How Is It Working Out?
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by Pressplay Pets
1y ago
It has been around 6 months now since our ladies Pearl, Violet and Grace joined the pack, and every day since they arrived, I have been working on introducing Amber and Indy.  I had hoped it would only take a few weeks for Amber & Indy to accept them or at the very least tolerate them.  But I must admit that it has taken quite a bit longer than I had predicted. On the first day with all hens safe inside their coop I let Amber and Indy into the backyard.  I wanted to get an idea how they would react, and what I needed to do differently for future introductions. I decided to l ..read more
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Love Your Worms
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by Pressplay Pets
2y ago
Ok I am not talking about the kind you are probably thinking of.  I am talking about compost worms.  Have you ever considered them as pets? Sure when you first think about getting a pet for you and your family the classic ones always come to mind; a cute pooch, pretty kitty cats and even the colourful feathered kind, certainly not 1000 or so compost worms right? I love my compost worms!  Let me tell you why; after the initial set up cost, they are cheap to feed (living solely on your food scraps and even old pizza boxes), low maintenance, quiet, educational, contrary to what som ..read more
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Queensland Holidays Are Good To Go
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by Pressplay Pets
2y ago
With international borders still closed (aside from travelling over the ditch to NZ) and on and off again Australian national borders suddenly slamming shut every time a state or territory experiences Covid19 rearing its ugly head, it seems a safer option to book your next holiday a little closer to home. For us it was time to have a little break away in what we think must be the most dog friendly place in Queensland. The Sunshine Coast, spanning around 60km with over 30 pristine beaches, national parks, stunning hinterland, climate so forgiving it allows all year-round swimming and surfing an ..read more
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Oh Crap Lets Talk About Dog Poop And Our Planet
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by Pressplay Pets
2y ago
Being a dog mum (or dad) is one of life’s little blessings!  We love everything that comes with being a furparent…all the cuddles, snuggles, wagging tails, sloppy kisses, walkies, breakfasts at the local café and the fact that they love us no matter what! Oh and we love picking up their poop…..said no one EVER! That is the one little (or big in some cases) thing that every pooch parent across the globe would gladly hand over for someone else to do. We Love “Everything” That Comes With Being A Fur-Parent But why is it so important to pick up our dogs poop anyway? Hello people….it is just ..read more
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What Treats Are Good & Bad For Chickens?
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by Pressplay Pets
2y ago
Just like your furry family members your feathered family members enjoy getting treats too!  But too many treats can reduce egg production, make them fat and may lead to other health problems. The general rule for how much is too much equates to giving your chickens no more than 10% of their diet. That is roughly about a tablespoon or less of treats per day per chicken.  If you let your hens out daily than you usually do not need to top them up with treats every day. I have a mobile coop and toss in a few scraps when I can not let the hens out to free range in the afternoon, when it ..read more
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The Ladies Have Arrived!
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by Pressplay Pets
2y ago
We would like to introduce you to our new feathered residents: Pearl, Violet & Grace The ladies arrived with their very own bespoke mobile “palace” and are slowly settling into their new environment. Let me tell you a little about these ladies! Sisters from the same dad, Rhode Island Red and mum, Light Sussex.  Although almost identical in appearance have their very own personality and differences to tell them all apart from each other. Named In Memory Of 3 Amazing & Beautiful Grandmothers & Aunty That Have Passed PEARL: Appearance: Pretty golden feathers with black neck and ..read more
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Dogs and Chickens – How To Keep The Peace!
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by Pressplay Pets
2y ago
I have been researching like crazy on how to introduce dogs and chickens to create a harmonious existence. You know, just like these pictures we see on Instagram of a dog with a chicken perched on his head! Reality Check: As we all know, dogs have a natural prey drive, certain breeds more than others. Did you also know that the way we raise our dogs can either encourage or discourage that stalk, chase, capture behaviour? Look at what a simple game of ball encourages. That is a huge stretch and expectation for even the most best-behaved dog. So I am going to first begin with being realistic an ..read more
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