Chicken Update

The chickens have started laying again after a brief break during the coldest, wettest part of the winter.  Now the three little troopers are back in egg laying mode and keeping their stay!  I hadn’t checked the nesting box (a.k.a milk crate, which they love I might add) for 4 days and I hit jackpot!  11 beautiful eggs ready for collecting!  These ladies are not wasting any time getting into the swing of things.  Now onto the bone that I have to pick…

Chicken poop. 

It is not smelly like some people want you to believe and it really is beneficial to the soil and grass.  The real issue is that it gets EVERYWHERE!  We let the chickens free range all over the backyard and one of their favorite haunts became the side, concrete patio.  Well, suffice to say, Whitney, Nate and I just had enough of stepping in chicken poop and even worse, not noticing and tracking it into the house!  Over the weekend, I bought a fifty foot roll of poultry fencing and made a chicken corral.  It is only three feet tall and I am concerned that the girls will want all of the freedom they have come to know and expect and fly over the fence.  If they do so I am going to have to clip their wings, even though I really don’t want to.  I clipped their wings when they were little pullets, and it seemed rather traumatizing to them…

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Chicken update

Woo Hoo!  They are officially four months old. And they still dont have names.  (-_-)  The whole naming thing has been hampered because I can’t tell the two Rhodies apart to save my life.  Maybe they can just be called “Number One”, “Number Two”, etc.   They do need names though, I read an article a while ago about how naming cows increases their milk production.  So it can’t hurt for the chickens and their egg laying. 

They have gone through their pre egg-laying moult and they are looking bigger and fluffier than ever.  They are eating almost twice as much food in one day compared to about a week ago.  Whenever I go outside they follow me around hoping that I have some corn or some other treat to feed them.  Another month and we will be having eggs!  I’m definitely excited.  Need to build them a nest box, the store that I get my chicken stuff from, Elverta Feed Pet & Tack  has them, but I have scrap wood around and am going to build them one this weekend.  The lady there also suggested that I just find an old nightstand and pull out the top drawer and leave the bottom one in and they would nest there.  This seems like a good idea, but I don’t want something so bulky in my coop, but clean up would be easier- just pull out the drawer and dump into the compost heap!

There has been some occasional aggressive behavior to solidify the pecking order.  They fly up a foot or two into the air and then dive bomb one another and puff out their feathers.  It is pretty comical to watch and Nate tries to stay out of the way as much as possible.  Nate and them are getting along just fine, he watches over his “girls” and this is all despite Nate being a big, bad, Pit Bull.  Ha!  Such a stereotype and misconception.  

Eating their corn cobs

Eating their corn cobs

The Ameraucana looking mean as hell

The Ameraucana looking mean as hell, but she is the most friendly out of them all.