Sorry to say but we have one sick chick that didn’t make it. We usually lose one each batch but usually it happens during their first month so it was very sad for us. Chicks are more delicate than most people would like to think!
When we have a sick chicken it’s number one priority to clean out the entire coop top to bottom. So while the chicks had been afraid to venture out their chicken door, they had no choice today! I had to chase and catch them one at a time to get them outside. None of us were happy about it!
As you can see, the girls are scared to death! I’m sure they will eventually get used to it, but for now, they quickly ran back into their cozy Tajma Coop when given the chance!
RIP my little friend. Hope you have fun pecking your way over the rainbow bridge!
Every time I try to get into the brooder to change out water and food or clean, the chicks try to make a brake for it, jumping into the opening. Luckily they are too afraid to jump completely out, but it makes it difficult to get anything done. And I am having to the clean out the entire box every night now! They poop so much!
Honestly, they would already be out in the coop if it would stop snowing! It’s too cold for these little girls. Is it me or are they kind of ugly at this age? Maybe their current ugly personalities are shining through. There just isn’t enough room left in the box and they are getting moody with each other.
We have to keep track of the weather to plan ahead. We need to set up the coop for small birds. They aren’t ready to jump up on a roosts and can’t reach the adult feeding stations. It shouldn’t take long to make the changes needed. All we need is the weather to warm up!
Just checking the latest weather report, it looks like we will probably be able to move them in a week.
We decided that out of all the chickens we’ve had our favorite was the Black Australorps. They were sweet, quiet, easy to hold and had a different kind of sound to their clucking that seemed more like talking. How sweet is that?!
Cluck Norris is half Black Astralorp and has a great personality so we are hoping one of these 10 babies is a rooster. I’m sure we will find out!
Since this is a smaller batch of chickies than we have done in the past we started with a tub and hung a heat lamp over it. We have a table style brooder panel but it didn’t fit in the tub. Also, the heat lamp was too hot in this small of a space so we bought a water trough instead which gave a good amount of space and the temperature stayed more stable. We need to start at 95 degrees and then decrease 5 degrees per week.
It’s really stressful knowing their little lives are in your hands during this initial time when they are only 2 days old! They are so delicate at this age it’s hard not to worry!
The cuties seem to be doing great on their first day. THEY ARE SOOO ADORABLE! Check out their first drink in their new home and then their first food on their YouTube Channel!
What do you do when your garden grows too many vegetables or the lettuce overgrows and is a little bitter? You make a rockin’ Chicken Snack! We just string the vegetables together, hang them up and let the ladies have at it.
One again the girls are nervous like they have been with other treats but they finally relax and eventually strip the string clean! YUM! What a special and healthy snack!
Greens are especially good for chicken health. They love them too!
Check the ladies out eating their snack on their YouTube Channel:
If you have been keeping up with What the Flock, you probably noticed our ladies have gotten more and more nervous and scared. That’s because some of our chickens are mean girls! They peck on each other and sometimes pull feathers out! These poor four chickens with a lot of feathers missing are getting a break! You can see a couple of them are wearing what we call saddles. It’s just a little canvas cape that can stop other chickens from pecking, pulling feathers and scratching them.
We built them their own chicken tractor! The tractor is sitting in the back yard. They get to spend time away from the chaos and get fresh grass and bugs! It’s kinda like them having a Spa visit! Once they are done chewing up all the grass and bugs in this space we move the tractor to another spot. They leave behind their poop and their poop fertilizes the grass!
It’s a win win for everyone!
See the girls in their chicken tractor on their YouTube Channel:
If you saw my last blog entry you would have seen our ladies NOT try our delicious apple treat we hung in their run. Why you ask? Because they are chicken! No, I didn’t call them chickens….. I called them CHICKEN!
COME ON LADIES!
We tried to give another treat to you today but when we tossed little flakes of the cabbage for you to try, you RAN AWAY! WHAT’S UP WITH THAT ?!!
We found that letting the chickens out in our back yard results in a complete disaster of a lawn. Every chicken we’ve had scratches up not only the grass, but also every plant and root within their reach. After destroying one of our flower beds we made the decision to bring unwanted grass and weeds to them instead!
Whether we have grass clippings from mowing the lawn or weeds that we pulled out of the garden beds, we toss it in a pile in the chicken run so they can have at it. I’m sure there are a lot of tasty bugs in there too since we never use chemicals in our yard.
See them scratch away on the ladies YouTube channel:
The ladies have been stuck in the coop and driving each other crazy!
The thing is I know these ladies better than they know themselves. They act like I’m keeping them prisoner or something! The reality is if I opened that chicken door they would take a step out, stick their neck out, and turn right back around and go back inside. Besides, they are too snooty to get messed up in the snow and mud. We are talking 6 inches of snow and precious little chicken feet here!
So now we have to snow shovel our drive way, our side walks, our path to the coop and NOW we have to shovel snow out of our chicken run! There isn’t enough time in the day to get all of that snow out.
The easiest way to keep our ladies happy is to push a bunch of snow out of the way of the chicken door and build a wall out out of it to keep them from wondering too far. Where we cleared out the snow, we lay down hay to keep those little chicken feet from touching the ice and keeping their little tootsies warm! Nobody wants those precious tootsies to get frost bitten!
Just a few hours of freedom from the coop gave the ladies an attitude adjustment for the better!
It’s just after new years and the snow has finally melted. That means giving the run a good cleaning! When there is snow we put straw down so the girls little feetzies don’t get so cold. Then on a dry day we rake it all up and throw it in the compost pile. But the girls apparently don’t like us picking up all their nastiness! It’s so fun to play in!
What should take 20 minutes takes an hour! When I’m not forcing them out of the bucket, I’m trying to stop them from scratching and kicking around the piles I built, trying to load them in the bucket!
But how can you get made. They are just too cute!
See the girls playing with the poop bucket on their You Tube Channel:
This picture is actually mouse tracks leading to the chicken run door! The first snow our girls experienced started with a scroungy little critter trying to find shelter in last nights storm! It managed to squeeze it’s way through the corner of the run doorway, up the chicken ladder and somehow through the corner of the chicken door into the coop!
Call us surprised when we went into the coop to refill food and water to find a mouse darting around with the chickens chasing it! It was still pretty dark so the chickens were sleepy but trying to catch the little monster! After about 5 minutes of a game of chase I opened the chicken door and let the scared to death vermin out!
Needless to say we are now making sure that at least the coop door is super tightly closed at night.
As the sun came up the girls finally got to experience their very first snow outside. I don’t think they were very impressed. They wouldn’t even touch it! Avoiding anything white! It didn’t take long for them to starting back into the Tajma coop where it’s always toasty and comfortable.