Thursday, August 20, 2015
A Better Day Today, Chicken Adventures and Cutting Up the Tree
The sun is shining brightly today so during the morning hen feeding I opened up the sliding door to let some sunlight into the coop. The hens seemed to love the sun and would go sit in the bar of light for stretches of time. All you chicken experts is this normal for the hens to seek out direct sunlight? Might have something to do with me just keeping them locked up trying to get them used to knowing the coop is home before I let them out to free range.
I started cutting up the downed tree after feeding the hens. I have more important things to finish up but I am also needing to mow again so this tree has to go. Not to mention it is blocking off half the driveway.
It's slow work getting through all the small limbs and leaves to the real wood though. Took hours just to get to the picture below.
Of course I am loading up the limbs with all the leaves as I go, piling them on the little flat bed trailer and letting the sheep munch on the leaves. The sheep, especially the rams who are dry lotted, LOVE Boxelder leaves so no point in wasting them.
The temperature is cool enough today that I actually picked up a supervisor for a change once again. Not just any supervisor either but the MANAGER QUEEN herself was on the job site watching and inspecting my work. I had to be very careful to always know where she was while I ran the chain saw and threw branches and chunks of wood around.
She mostly stayed in the shade though.
During one of my breaks I went to check on the hens and take them an Acorn Squash I had from the garden. I broke the squash up and gave it to them and a few of them went at it like crazy while a couple were still a bit nervous about the whole thing.
However I discovered the Small-Hold's first egg while I was there.
One of the Red Sex-link hens laid it. She actually laid it down in a little corner triangle that used to hold a hay rack for a horse. I put some old hay in there in case one of the hens wanted to use it as a laying box and sure enough one did.
I moved the egg up to the actual nesting boxes I built hoping one of the other hens would get the idea. Maybe it will work.
The roosters still have not made it up to the front of the barn to visit the hens that I have seen. They have finally gotten used to the sheep as a whole and now wander around among the sheep inside and outside of the barn without a care in the world.
I am now anxiously awaiting the arrival of a few more hens hoping to get enough to keep the roosters from hurting one and leaving the hens locked up until they are all together and getting along. Could be another few weeks before the hens become free range at this rate.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!!