Are you and your flock ready for winter

October3, 2018

Well it is a beautiful fall morning. I opened up the chicken coop and was attacked by a big beautiful red hen that just wanted to be held. We go through the same ritual every morning. I am trying to get the coops ready for winter. I still need to install the lights and timers in the coops. I also need to get the droppings boards finished. The work never ends.

Good Things are Happening

October 1,2018

The start of a new month. I love this time of year. We finished the coop and run over the weekend, what a job. Our run is 16′ by 24′ I decided to go with sand in the run. We installed 1,000 pounds of all purpose sand and mixed in ¬†500 pounds of pea gravel. I installed hooks out side in the run to hang food and water from during the day. We set up a grit station and a box in the corner for dust bathing. I have some very happy chickens. Things are finely starting to come together. Now if the hens start laying egg that will be a blessing.

Additions to the flock!

When the RIR’s were about 8 weeks old I purchased 7 Chocolate Wyandotte eggs and put them in the incubator. I hatched one chick out of seven, pretty good for a first time. Her name is Elmo. I felt really bad for Elmo so I ran out and purchased 3 Buff Orpingtons and 3 Silver Laced Wyandotte’s at Tractor Supply.

Elmo is about 3 weeks older than the 6 new chicks. At first she didn’t want anything to do with them. Know she follows them around like their mother.

When I first decided that I was going to raise backyard chickens I bought a small coop from Tractor Supply to hold 6 to 8 chickens. What a joke! I now see the error of my ways. That old saying about chicken math is so true. Always build or purchase a coop twice as big as the amount of birds you think you will have. The coop really has no roost for the chickens and the nest boxes, omg, not really 3″ dividers slid into make 3 boxes, no privacy for the hens. Lesson learned.

I then purchased a large Amish  built coop for 18 to 20 full size chickens. The funny thing is 3 of my RIR hens and the rooster(Oscar) love the old coop and will not roost in the new one.

We know have 15 hens and a rooster. I wanted to raise Chocolate Orpingtons. That was my goal from the beginning, but I couldn’t get any of the 48 eggs I purchased to hatch. I finely received 2 pullet chocolate Orpingtons from California. They arrived 2 weeks ago. They are scared of everything, but are finely getting acclimated to the others.