Chickens Are Ready For Spring Too

Chickens Are Ready For Spring Too

My chickens are ready for spring too. They are wanting some green grass and bugs to eat.

A couple of my buff orpington hens.

They are getting bored and when that happens they tend to peck at each other more.

My husband was out in the coop a few days ago working on the roosts. It was not level and one of the hens kept trying to lay eggs in there. Of course the eggs just rolled out on the ground. That is now fixed.

Heavy rains wash through the chicken yard sometimes and leave little ditches that need filling up and he fixed those too.

I’m thinking about getting some fertilized eggs to put under one of the hens. We do not have a rooster and I haven’t been able to find an Orpington rooster anywhere around here. So it looks like the only way to get one is to have a hen hatch some eggs.

Besides I like the chicks. They are so cute! And we can give eggs away if there are too many.

I will be so glad when it gets warm again! It seems like I have been cold all winter this year.

How are you doing? What are you doing to get ready for spring?

Moving Chickens To A New Coop

Moving Chickens To A New Coop

My chickens in their new yard.We moved our chickens last night. They had been in a fenced area behind my dads shed.

We separated the original hens from the game hens last year because the game hens were pulling the feathers out of the buff hens.

Then this year we had to get rid of the  game hens because we couldn’t keep up with so many chickens. Feed costs are going up too and we need to economize.  We kept the original three and the ones I raised from chicks.

So we had an empty coop and my grandmother’s old metal carport along with lots of old fencing just lying around. We got my dad to use his tractor to move the coop closer to the house. Then moved the carport in front of the coop to give them a shady and dry area.

Fenced the whole thing in to keep the racoons and possums out(at least I hope it will).  We also fenced in part of the yard around it which should help keep unwelcome critters out, including neighborhood dogs. We might be able to let them free range during the day.

Then last night we moved some feed and water into it and waited till after dark. The girls were all cuddled up together at first which made it easy to pick them up for the move.

The older hens had been moved before and didn’t mind much but the two young ones were seriously upset about it. The little one was making so much noise I’m surprised the neighbors didn’t call the police.

The coop area is much larger than the old space they had and it has some grass in it. This morning they having fun eating grass and chasing bugs.

It got hot later though and I put some water out on the ground for them and they were cooling off in it when I went to take a picture.

 

More Cute Little Fuzzballs

More Cute Little Fuzzballs

I have been looking for an Orpington rooster…preferably a Buff Orpington rooster. I haven’t been able to find one.

So when one of my hens went broody a month ago I decided to get some fertilized eggs to put under her.

Usually when you just get hatching eggs they will be half male. So I was hoping to get a rooster that way.

I ordered six eggs, they sent me 8. They do that in case one or more gets broken in shipping and to help make sure you get some fertile eggs. They can’t guarantee that all of them are fertile.

I now have 4 cute little balls of fuzz running around in the chicken pen. My cute little fuzzball chicks.I would have gotten close ups but mamma chicken didn’t like that. She grew to about twice her size and shook her feathers and made rude noises at me. I ran away of course.

I have no idea how to tell the sex of chicks…not till they get older anyway. So it will be a bit till I know.  I’m hoping.

Little Giant Poultry Waterer Review

We bought a 3 gallon poultry waterer a while back. It is made of thick heavy plastic. They do make metal ones but this is not as heavy. The metal will rust eventually too. That is just an excuse though…I didn’t want to have to carry that heavy thing around.

I posted about the waterer at the time because of problems with the lid. The instructions say to tighten the lid down but not TOO tight. Apparently the threads would get bent or something if you tighten it too much. I could not tell if it was too tight or not tight enough but the water kept just running out of it.

I did some reading up on it and found a post online where they same problem occurred. The fellow posted that the rubber gasket around the rim wasn’t quite sealing completely. The solution was to rub the sucker with Vaseline. Apparently air can get through tiny little holes. The Vaseline seals those. Which creates a vacuum when you close the lid and keeps the water from just running out.

So we have had this thing for a couple of months now. It has been working really well. There are currently 13 full grown chickens and 3 chicks out there. The water will last for up to 5 days. Of course it is getting hot now. The last two days the temperature was up to 100 degrees here. That means the chickens will be drinking more and some of the water will evaporate. So it will have to be filled more often.

I really like not having to worry about them having water. Just make sure it is filled every three days or so and all is good. There have also been other birds coming down to drink out of it. Which is pretty neat. The bird bath dries up quick when it is hot. Of course they can’t bathe in it but at least they can get a drink. Other small animals can drink out of it too. This is great to have if you can’t be home for a day or so.

We might get another waterer for the dogs. I got one of their Poultry Feeders a couple of days ago. Hopefully that will work as well as the waterer.

Health, safety, and chickens!

There is a post over at Community Chickens by a lady who raises chickens and is also a FEMA volunteer. The article is about infections and diseases you could you be exposed to when raising chickens and the actions you should take to help prevent them. It is a really good article and it has information that pertains to everyone who spends any time outside even if you don’t have chickens.

It also contains some links to her blog where she has information about raising chickens. One of her posts is about someone getting into their roosts and killing some of the chickens. They are apparently located in an area where there is not much access to food. She gives eggs to anyone even if they can’t pay for them. She also has a link asking for some help on their farm. If you live anywhere near there and want to do some volunteering. It might be worth checking out.

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