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The chicken & the eggs

Collecting eggs each day is one of the joys of keeping chooks — but if you think there’s nothing to popping the googies out, you couldn’t be more wrong.

The egg cycle is precise and complex and relies on the synchronisation of the effect of light on the endocrine system, the secretion of hormones and the intake of dietary nutrients and minerals. Eggs are one of nature’s miracles.

WHEN LAYING STOPS UNEXPECTEDLY, CHECK THE HENHOUSE AT NIGHT FOR SIGNS OF RED MITE CRAWLING ON PERCHES.

POINT-OF-LAY

If you are buying chooks you will encounter the acronym POL. It means point-of-lay and refers to young pullets that are almost sexually

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