New roost for the coop

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I had a bunch of scrap wood left over from the fence making and randomly decided to build a new roost for my coop.

My girls didn’t have a proper roost when they were young so they didn’t quite get the concept right away, now two of them tend to sleep on it, though if Starla’s mad she still sleeps on the floor of the coop. Lucy has always slept in the nesting box, Ethel used to sleep in the box with Lucy ( yes, the same box, it was very crowded) but now she finally roosts every night. Not that you really needed to know all that but there you have it!

So here’s what I built, we’ll see if they actually use it!

I took a bit of the scrap and cut all my pieces.

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Built the base frame. 18 x 11.5 …. I may have proportioned it weird….

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I added the risers, 3 in, 4.5in, & 6in.

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Then added 1×2 to the top of the risers.

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We’ll see if they actually use it.

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Chickens: How to stop egg breaking

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Earlier this week my girls started breaking and eating their eggs! Totally gross and very frustrating as I am so glad to finally be getting 3 eggs a day!

I started looking on Backyard Chickens and Wikihow

I cleaned them up right away, then decided to start trying some of the solutions I found.

β€’ My girls tend to pull all their straw out of their boxes so I put more since as you see above there was none.
This helped a lot! I got all three eggs this morning!

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β€’ It could also be a lack of calcium, even though they have access to oyster shell. So I have given them more yogurt which they love and spread some oyster shell around where they scratch.

β€’ I’ve had golf balls in the nesting boxes like recommended (I had put them in a while back to teach them where to lay)
Since the golf balls are so different from their eggs they don’t peck at them like they do their eggs, I had to come up with a more realistic fake egg. So that when they peck they are detoured by the hardness.
Lindsey found these awesome wooden eggs at Joann’s and she painted them the light peach/tan that is perfect!!
I am going to add these to the coop as soon as they’re dry!

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β€’ My last resort is one thing off Wikihow – to put mustard in an egg, they recommend in one they ate but I got plastic Easter eggs and if needed will put the mustard in there! Then if they peck enough to get it open they will get mustard and hopefully will hate it enough to stop for good!

Also check out:
Sister site: Craft Making and Drag Racing

Lindsey’s Jewelry: Hard Wear by Lindsey (Awesome stuff)

Rustified.com – Lifestyle Inspirations from a Renaissance Man (I love his blog- 365 page book for this year, recipes, & daily inspirations)

Rusty J’s Music Site

Chickens helping in the garden

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Yesterday the I let the girls out in the garden with me for a while, they scratched up my garden beds all over the yard. Luckily this was a good thing for me as I have really been needing to do this! I saw them doing all this and it prompted me to finally clean out the dead pumpkin vines all over.

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Now this planter is all prepared for spring veggies I’m starting seed for!

We also moved their coop today at my friends prompting. It really needed to be done, they had mounded everything so bad they were running out of space!

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We put them up in the coop to do this since Echo was in the yard, I don’t think they were very pleased until they came out and saw their new space that still has some grass in it πŸ™‚

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After all this I flattened out the mess and tried to spread it around since its hopefully going to be great fertilizer.

How do you handle the mess from your coop? Do you spread it around the yard, compost it, or throw it away?

That’s all for today but I will leave you with a few other photos from their roaming today.

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Also check out:
Sister site: Craft Making and Drag Racing

Lindsey’s Jewelry: Hard Wear by Lindsey (Awesome stuff)

Rustified.com – Lifestyle Inspirations from a Renaissance Man (I love his blog- 365 page book for this year, recipes, & daily inspirations)

Rusty J’s Music Site

Eggs!

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First off I apologize for the state of my coop in these pictures, (I’m cleaning it out today)

Last night I was showing a friend my chickens and their coop via a cell phone flashlight and found 5 eggs!

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I really should have been checking the nesting boxes! The first week Starla was laying she laid on the coop floor or in the run (even though I have golf balls in the boxes). Everyday since I’ve checked twice a day and collected at least 1 egg everyday. So I was a bit shocked to find 5 eggs that appear to be from one of the my Red girls.

Counting these new 5, my girls have laid 20 eggs in 2 weeks! I’m so excited to finally be able to share them with friends and family πŸ™‚

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I marked the found 5 with an X since I will need to check them before they are eaten. Since they were not collected promptly they definitely need to be water tested. I will post this when I do it. It cannot be done until we are ready to eat them as doing this will disrupt the cuticle and ultimately let bacteria into the egg

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What is your egg production difference from winter to summer? Is it minimal or extreme? How many eggs do you get per hen a day in the summer/winter?

Also check out:
Sister site: Craft Making and Drag Racing

Lindsey’s Jewelry: Hard Wear by Lindsey (Awesome stuff)

Rustified.com – Lifestyle Inspirations from a Renaissance Man (I love his blog- 365 page book for this year, recipes, & daily inspirations)

Rusty J’s Music Site

Chickens all grown up…

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I realized after I posted about our first egg that I have not shared any recent photos of my girls. They are full size now and look so different then they did as pullets.

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Yesterday we got the second egg! It’s so great to go look in the coop and see an incredible egg sitting there waiting to be collected.

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What are your chickens favorite treat? I would love to hear your comments!

My girls LOVE yogurt! This is by far their favorite thing. They also love lettuce, spinach, and other greens.

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(Kind of hard to see but they dive in and get yogurt all over their beaks until that cup is complexity empty.

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That’s all for now! Have a beautiful day and check out:

Sister site: Craft Making and Drag Racing

Hard Wear by Lindsey (Awesome stuff)

Rustified.com – Lifestyle Inspirations from a Renaissance Man (I love his blog- 365 page book for this year, recipes, & daily inspirations)

Rusty J’s Music Site

Chickens, growing up

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They are getting big so fast! I absolutely cannot wait for them to start laying.
Everyday I enjoy watching Lucy, Ethel, and Starla interact with each other and with our dog Echo ( especially Starla and Echo)

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It’s been so hot here in Southern California that i started giving them lots of fruit, watermelon, strawberries, frozen grapes, and even tomatoes. They have run out of green grass in their run so now I’ve been giving them lettuce or letting them out to roam the yard and graze on the grass outside their run.

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I would love to see your posts about your backyard flock, big or small!

The Run … Off my chicken coop

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I realized I had not posted any pictures of the run off the coop! So here is how I have it set up right now …

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I have the roost bar in there just to see if they will use it. Also to see if the like the PVC more than wood, since the coop has a wood roost in it.

Here’s more of my silly (not so little anymore) chicks.

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I don’t have many good photos of Lucy and Ethel since they never seem to hold still but Starla is a ham.

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Here’s Starla and Echo, durning the day they seem to always be face to face …. Echo wants to play with the chickens sooo badly, to bad she would play to rough. I hope to get her trained to the point they can all be free in the yard together with no concern.

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I’ll leave you with a couple more photos.

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I would love to hear about and see how you set up your coop runs!! Please feel free to share.

Little chicks in their new home and some questions for fellow chicken keepers!

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My little girls are approx 6 weeks old now! They are growing so fast.

I finally got the coop moved to its final spot which took 5 people since we were dumb and built it on the other side of the fence. We had to lift it up and over the fence. The neighbors came and helped my roommate, Eddie, and I move it. I bought everyone pizza and beer as a thank you.

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Okay so here is where I really need your input!

From everything I have read when your chicks move to their coop they need to stay inside for two weeks not let into the run, so there learn where home is. Also to aid in them learning to go back in as evening falls, so I don’t have to go shoo them in every night.

It has been so hot here in southern California the coop seems too hot durning the day, so I have been opening the run door for them. By noon the first day in the coop they were ‘panting’ and had their wings half spread. I took this to mean they were too hot. What is you experience with this?

They have learned how to use the ramp and come and go from the coop to the run as they please. The first night they didn’t put themselves away, they huddled in a corner at the bottom of the ramp and I shooed them in. In the days since when I see they are all in the coop and it’s nearing evening I just close the door. Though I did still have a night where I came home late and one was still down in the run. I have cut extra vents in the coop to aid ventilation but I do not want to cut to many and make the coop drafty. I also have kept their brooder light in the coop until their feathers all Finnish coming in, but it’s only on after I close the run door. What have you found with your chicks learning their new coop and learning to put themselves inside at night?

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Here is the other area I need input, aside from the pic below where Lucy is trying to walk onto the top of the door my little chicks haven’t really shown a desire to roost. They have the wood roost in the coop. Could it be to high for them? Or maybe they need a ramp?
I have also put a 1/2 inch PVC roost bar in the run ( pics shortly) and they will hop over it but don’t stay on it.

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That’s all for now! Overall my girls seem happy and healthy and that’s all that really matters. I definitely appreciate your input and I would love to see your posts about your chickens!

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