A Bigger Brooder

The chicks got their wish today! They moved into their new LARGE brooder! They were so excited that one girl actually flew from the small brooder into the new one!

They certainly love their new space. More room to roam. The cage grid floor is gone and they can finally scratch with their feet! Everything is new. One chick even thought a large pine shaving was food! She picked it up in her beak and the other chicks became jealous and started chasing her to try and steal it away! Too funny!

For the quieter chicks this was a little much for them. They were skiddish and peeped really loud if they became scared. That happens every now and then since the brave girls are taking over the space with their antics.

Over the next week I’ll try to video all their new experience because there are going to be a lot of FIRSTS coming up!

Watch the chick fly and the girl run with her wood chip on their YouTube Channel:

Fall Coop Clean Up

We heard it was potentially going to snow over the weekend so decided it’s time to deep clean the coop to prepare for the winter.

We gutted the coop and I mean EVERYTHING out of it. We took a vacuum to remove all the left overs and dust. You won’t believe how dusty a coop gets!

The old linoleum was yanked out and replaced with a new, thicker version. Hopefully this one will withstand all the scratching and pecking! It was funny to see the ladies find a torn piece and start pulling and tearing it more. A little frustrating, but funny to watch.

A mild cleaner was used over everything and a light chlorine mix for the nasty spots. Luckily there wasn’t much of that.

The nesting pads were removed and replaced and sprinkled with dried herbs. The herbs are said to deter pests but the ladies seem to like the taste too. I like the smell!

Before I laid out new fresh pine shavings food grade DE (Diatomaceous Earth) was sprinkled around the edges of the coop including in the back corners of the nesting boxes to keep pests like lice or mites from taking over. A quick spray of all natural pest deterrent around the doorways and the shaving went down.

The poop deck got a fresh new tarp cover to make it easy to clean, and then the ladies were let in to take a look a their clean new digs!

If you want to take a tour of the cleaned coop, you can see it on the ladies YouTube Channel:

See the ladies checking out their new digs!