You know how they say that when you give kids or pets a gift they seem to have more fun with the box than the gift? That’s how it works here. We put a really nice limb with leaves in the run, but they are much more excited with this table made out of scrap wood! So much we made two of them. After all, how multi-functional is this table, right? You can jump up on the top and be higher than anyone else, lay underneath the table for some shade, and peck the heck out of the legs. Don’t ask me why they decided to start pecking like that.
Other fun stuff….sitting on the roosts. They love to roost so much I have to kick them off of it when I’m trying to clean. We’ve obviously made their coop way too comfortable. Oddly enough, the rooster does not sit on the roost. Oh, he’s tried, but he gets kicked off. One night I snuck in to close a window and the rooster fell off the back corner and THUD! he fell on the floor, squawking accusingly. He now sits under the roosts. I’m a little confused though. Shouldn’t the chickens be facing out? They mostly seem to be facing the wrong way. It seems to me they have their faces in each others butts this way. Hmmmmm.
Helping the chickens have fun in the heat is this new shade for the door to keep the sun from making the coop any hotter than it is! It really helps.
The chickies favorite fun time is when I pull out the Chicken Crack. I don’t normally promote products but I have to say,this organic snack has got my chickens addicted! You can watch their high on their You Tube Channel.
Thinking ahead to winter, I decided to add a couple more support posts to the coop run to help handle the snow. As I dug the holes, I piled up the dirt like normal and covered the holes to keep the girls safe while I went to the store for the posts.
When I got back I brought the posts into the run, dropped them in the holes, grabbed a shovel and got ready to back-fill with my piles of dirt. Except my piles, both of them, were gone!
What I had forgotten was that these lovely little ladies love, LOVE, to play in the dirt. What I saw as neat piles of dirt ready to back-fill a hole, the girls saw as a day-spa! My neat piles had been played in until they were completely gone, mixed in with the rest of the run floor.
I couldn’t help but laugh as I used a wheel barrow to bring in the dirt I now needed to fill the holes. Every day I learn or am reminded of just how funny these girls can be.
I was inspired by the Fresh Eggs Daily blog on using herbs to improve your chicken’s health, and I planted an herb garden around their run. I started the plants inside from heirloom, organic, non-GMO seeds and transplanted them outside in a brick raised bed surrounding their space. Heck, I even tossed in a few tomato plants I had left over. It’s been very hot so I’m having to water the little things every morning and night.
According to everything I read, deer and rabbits don’t like to eat herbs and they also repel insects so theoretically…… nothing should eat them! At least I’m banking on it!
The chickens were fascinated with my planting and followed me through every step of the process. They really seemed to like the smell of the Lemon Balm. They were all fighting for a closer look at it! The objective is to have the herbs grow big enough that they poke through the sides of the fencing so they can nibble on it. Plus it will reduces the insect population.
I can’t wait for them to grow big enough to harvest for the kitchen!
It’s a late summer evening and I’m sitting there with the windows open for a cool breeze. I started hearing thumping noises coming from the coop. What the heck is going on out there?! I ran outside and opened the coop door. All the chicks just stared at me like a parent who came home early and busted up the party. They all shuffled out their coop door and went outside. I took a look around to see they were up to and noticed……there was poop in the poop deck under the roosts! Yay! The girls were Finally learning how to use the roosting bars.
The next morning when I let them out of the coop I found 3 of them sitting on the roosts! How exciting! I decided to spend the evening video taping them coming in a for the night. They are hysterical! They jump up, they fall off, they have a hard time balancing, they knock their neighbor off and “boom”, back on the floor. Now I know what the thumping is all about! Poor girls! I put more pine shavings down to break their fall.
Now it seems they think any piece of wood is a roost. Good thing I’ve covered up their nesting boxes until they are ready to lay eggs. They’d all be jumping into them, messing them up. Another thing for me to clean! They still have another 2-3 months before they start laying eggs.
One of the places they are jumping on is the chicken wire covered storage cage door! Scared me to death! Surprised me while I was video taping them. I hope that stops soon! Hopefully their smart enough to realize it’s a bad idea.