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Pets & Animals

Living with a pet is rewarding but they need looking after. We give you advice on how to choose an animal companion and the facts about pet insurance. Plus how to build a doghouse step by step, what you need to raise chickens in the backyard and the best ways to pet-proof your home and garden.

15 Pet Hints and Tips
Try these little hacks to make your life easier when caring for your furry, scaly or feathered friends.
Choosing Animal Insurance
In Australia and New Zealand, we absolutely love our pets.  There are more than 33 million pets across Australia, with 38 per cent of Aussie households owning dogs, 23 per cent owning a cat, and 12 per cent with both.  In New Zealand those numbers ar...
Make A Cat Climbing Tree
Elaborate multi-level cat trees are popular products in pet stores, but they aren’t cheap and usually can’t be adapted to suit your home. This DIY play equipment will challenge your cat and can be customised to fit the available space. Made from 90mm...
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A Guide To Backyard Beekeeping
Bees and human beings have co-evolved over many thousands of years and in the last century the relationship has spawned a global industry. Recent times have seen a boom in urban farming and sustainable living, putting hobby beekeeping firmly back on...
Essential tips for raising chickens
Chooks are fast becoming popular backyard pets as they produce a constant supply of fresh eggs, manure for the garden as well as companionship and education about where food comes from for kids. Keeping chickens is a fully rewarding experience, but t...
Install A Pet Door
While it is common to keep larger dogs in the yard for security, most owners also allow their pets the run of the house. But they still need regular access to the outdoors. The use of litter trays offers cats an indoor toilet facility, but a dog alwa...
How To Build A Dog House
Use recycled fence palings and roofing, plus inexpensive 42 x 19mm pine and plywood, to build a luxury dog house in a weekend. Source the secondhand materials from council cleanups or at the tip for a small fee. Recycled palings will be weathered and...
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17 Fuss-Free Pet Care Tips - iStock
Whether you're having problems with cats making their way onto your dinner table, dogs digging up your lawn or birds escaping their cages, you'll need help keeping your pets under control. Here's a list of handy tips for looking after your animals s...
4 Handy Pet Projects
Why not try one of these 4 fun and easy DIY projects to turn a standard kennel or perch into something more.
Dog house
Click here to get the full step-by-step instructions for this project. Click here to download the project PDF The frame of the doghouse is made from 70 x 35mm pine, and features a timber floor. The sides are clad with pine boards and a metal...
How to build a chook house
Keeping chooks in the backyard has become popular again in recent years as more and more of us have rediscovered the benefits of owning these feathered friends.   Chickens are great fun to have at home and they are fantastically sustainable. Not only...
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An old-fashioned case isn’t very practical for modern travel but is great as a retro accessory in the home.   They are commonly stacked for a bedside table or used singly as a storage trunk, but this project takes the idea a step further.   This suit...
Handyman Magazine, DIY, Pets, Build a Chicken Coop,
The aim of a coop is to protect chooks from cold winds in winter and extreme heat in summer plus supply timber perches for roosting and boxes for egg laying. Position the coop under a tree for shade and cover the floor with straw, timber shavings or...
A dog playing in the sea with his owner

Pets will give you and your family hours of fun

There’s no doubt living with a pet enriches our existence and brings unquestionable rewards. Animal ownership is a rite of passage for a child, a source of lifelong memories and a comfort to the elderly and those who live alone.   A survey from 2008...
Sussex chickens in a group

Chickens will live a long and healthy life if raised in the right way

Having chickens in the backyard means much more than a daily bounty of fresh eggs.   Free-range chooks keep the garden healthy by aerating soil and fertilising with their manure. They also control garden pests such as slugs and reduce kitchen waste b...