Friday, December 9, 2011

Inside the Chicken Coop...

I snapped a couple of photos thru the chicken wire with my phone lastnight of Lil Sara. She takes her chores very seriously, as I have mentioned before, these chores include feeding the chickens their nightly scratch, checking the crumble feeder has feed in it and collecting/counting/color identifying the eggs. (me and Daddy keep the water containers cleaned and filled because let's face it...that is not a job for a 3yr old unless you want lots of chicken coop mud all over her)

As you can see my coop is not a pretty thing at the moment...But I do love to dream about the day when we will have the money to build the coop/feed shed and dismantle this converted old carport that sits next to the driveway.

We have rehomed the "new" rooster as he and Bravo just could not agree to get along and kept trying to tear each other to pieces...But the ones that really suffered during this time were the hens...Rotating who got to come out of the coop to forage each day....Now with him gone, all the girls get to range free all over the property all day everyday...We average 4 to 6 eggs a day at the moment...I hope this will increase as time goes on.

We are still nursing Sally Chicken...Though now I think it is simply her leg was injured and she got a little malnurished and dehydrated from not being able to compete for food with the other 11 gals....She currently sleeping in a cat carrier at night in the laundry room because of the cooler weather and has free range of the fenced area outside the back door during the day...We have been giving her "Chick Start" electralite treated water, and a Vitamin supplement drench every couple of days, and just trying to leave her alone to rest as much as possible...She is still limping but is more active now than 2weeks ago...When ever she hears Bravo on the other side of the fence she runs and hides in the cat carrier...Smart girl.

Blessings Kelsie
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Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said...

Awe, tell lil Sarah what a big girl she is, doing all of that hard work! Ya'll probably don't have as cold of weather there as we do, but during the winter months, hubby keeps a red light in their coop at night to keep them warm, and "supposably", it helps with the laying?

pilgrimscottage said...

How sweet. I love to see children taking part in caring for the animals. Hope your hen's leg gets better quick.

Michelle said...

Glad to hear your hen is doing better. Your little one looks so cute taking care of the hens.

Stevie said...

I'm sure the chickens like their home just fine. Aesthetics aren't that big to them. I would love 4 eggs a day since my 30 hens are only giving 0 or 1 this time of year. Slackers!
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Nancy K. said...

Sara is so cute doing her chores! Are those the same pink, cowboy boots that she's wearing in the picture on the sidebar? TOO CUTE!

On Crooked Creek said...

Looks as if "The Help" is quite confident in her chores! Keep the dream...sketch what you invision. One day it will become a reality!