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 arlo
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Hi,

Does anyone know a place near Lousa where I can buy 2 or 3 point of lay chickens?

If you could let me know the Portuguese phrase for "point of lay" it would be really useful too. Also, where's the best place to buy chicken wire and layers' pellets?

I'll be looking for a goat and a sheep soon too (to keep the jungle under control). If you have any info on a source that would be helpful. Prefer to have wethers to save them from an early grave - any downside to that?

Cheers

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Arlo wrote:
> Hi,
>
> Does anyone know a place near Lousa where I can buy 2 or 3 point of lay
> chickens?
>
> If you could let me know the Portuguese phrase for "point of lay"
> it would be really useful too. Also, where's the best place to buy chicken
> wire and layers' pellets?
>
> I'll be looking for a goat and a sheep soon too (to keep the jungle under
> control). If you have any info on a source that would be helpful. Prefer to
> have wethers to save them from an early grave - any downside to that?
>
> Cheers

Near as damn it :- Chickens ready to lay ="Galinhas prontas para colocar

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If you have an Agriloja shop near you (google and you will probably find their addresses)
you will get chickens, chicken wire and corn/layers pellets, etc.

You can often buy hens at the local markets but they are usually bantams and though
good as "mums", not so good for long term laying. Your local cafe/neighbours might know
where you can get sheep/goats. Don´t forget sheep graze (we keep geese for our orchard)
but goats (bless their little cotton socks!) will rip branches off trees, etc.
Sorry if you know all this!

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 arlo
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Thanks Joe K, that will save me a lot of embarrassing miming and squawking 🙂

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 arlo
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Good idea topmast. Is there any way to distinguish (verbally) between the bantams and what I am used to keeping in the UK (Rhode Island crosses, etc). I can do it by eye easily but I'd like to avoid a 20 km round trip to see smaller or fancy breeds.

Just looking for a few eggs a week most of the year and the ability to take down tropical rain forest to bare earth in a week.

As for the goat(s) that's fine. I haven't kept goats before and I was thinking of a running chain with a second chain on a swivel to contain him in the day. Mainly to stop him running onto the road. It's too big and area to fence off and I've heard electric fences aren't dependable enough. Any advice or normal practice would be appreciated. I want a happy goat that doesn't get itself into trouble.

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