new clucking

Today we are welcoming this year’s new group of egg laying hens! I just finished unloading these girls and they are busy exploring their new surroundings.They will be staying inside the chicken coop for a couple of days, and then let outside to roam about. Staying inside at first will allow them to make the coop their new home and eventually come back into it on their own when night arrives. Can’t wait to crack into some new fresh eggs!

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squeaky clean and ready for hens!

Spent the day spiffing up the old chicken coop and getting ready for a new group of hens…

new flock moving day!

Today I decided it was finally time to move our new flock of hens to the main coop, as they will be hopefully laying eggs by January. I spent most of the afternoon sweeping out the coop from top to bottom, and cleaning up before Winter really sets in. I put down some nice new shavings, heated water font, and added a new nest box for them. This is our first mixed flock of 24 laying hens, and it was nice to raise them from day-old. They are a very friendly bunch and we can’t wait for the new eggs to arrive!

chick update – week 6

The meat chickens are at six weeks of age now – and have really become quite plump and round! Today they are having as rough time as a heat wave has hit with temperatures over 33ºC. Their original yellow chick feathers are now all gone, and now sport bright white coats. They really eat like crazy now, and spend the days either lazing around, eating/drinking or play fighting. I also found a neat little mini egg hidden under the nest boxes this morning. Wonder if it could hatch a mini chicken…

the new chicken pen – day one…

Decided 1st thing this morning to start working on the meat bird pen, since our new chicks will arrive at the end of this month.. yikes! I soon realized that our barn needs some major repairs to the ceiling & beams, however…