I didn't see an option for uploading a doc so I pasted it. Some of the formating is lost but this is the text. I also labeled the feed, jugs for refilling water, poop ahem COOP shoes, and other items in the workshop with green paper.
Taking care of the girls should take 5-10 minutes. Here are the things to focus on:
___ Water: There is a 5 gallon waterer that is elevated on concrete blocks.
(add 1 gallon from the gallon containers each visit.) There is a spigot outside
of the workshop.
___ scoop out any leaves or wood chips from the red water reservoir
___ take the black cap and screw it over the spout on the waterer
(if you don't it will overflow)
___ then unscrew the top and pour a gallon of fresh water in
___ put the top back on the waterer,
DO NOT OVER TIGHTEN TOP LID
*tighten enough that water does not overflow from the red reservoir
___ remove the black cap from the spout and screw to the cap saver
___ Food: I have filled their hanging feeder with enough crumbles to last them a week. There are mason jars in the workshop full of crumbles that you can pour directly into the top of the handing feeder. Please put the empty jars back in the clear bin (it cuts down on food for the roaches!) There is extra feed in the dark grey garbage can if needed.
___ Make sure the hanging feeder is at least half full when you visit the chicks.
____ Eggs: There are no eggs to collect because the hens are only 10 weeks old. I expect them to begin laying in mid to late February. If all goes as planned, you should eggspect to have your first taste of chicken eggs by early March when I will have collected enough to fill up cartons for you.
____ Veggies and Herbs: Feel free to take cuttings from the garden containers. There is basil, mint, okra, lettuce, and greens growing. Use the scissors in from the workshop to take cuttings from the garden.
Eggstras (this was on the back of the chicken watching list)
___ COOP SECURITY – walking out to the coop, I assess for any signs of predators trying to get in such as digging around the ground.
***there are concrete blocks behind the shed if hole needs to be temporarily covered.
____SHOES – I have slip on shoes in the workshop that you can wear in the coop to protect your shoes from chicken poo. It happens.
____CHICK HEALTH – when in the coop, I am saying “hi” to all my
chicks and looking them over. Perky chicks hold their
wings neatly to their bodies, peep, and move rather quickly. An ill chick
will stand still, often in the corner, holding wings away from body, or with
wings that appear to be drooping, eyes half open.
***Chickens do like to sunbath or dust bath and in this case they will flop over on their sides wiggle around in the earth below them. So if you find
them like this, not to worry. However, when you enter the coop, they will
typically hop up and come over to say “hi”.
___ ENTERING THE COOP – chicks do get excited when they see the green weeds growing outside of the coop, so don't be alarmed when they rush to the door to greet you and try to poke their heads out.
___ lift up up on the door, open it in
___ you can use your foot to gently push the chicks back
___lift up on the door and close it behind you
___ LEAVING THE COOP – same as entering but in reverse order!
___ lift up on the door to open and close it
___ make sure you clip both top and bottom locks
___ FEEDING GRIT – if you are feeling adventurous. Take a handful of grit from the open bag on the counter in the shop. Once inside the coop, squat down and let the chicks peck it out of your hand.
Pro Tip: Open your hand flat. Otherwise, the chicks will accidentally nip the folds of your hand and it will probably startle you. It's not painful... just might surprise you!
*** Having chicks eat out of my hand it one of my favorite feelings and it allows me to see them up close. Reach out and stoke them on their soft feathered backs. Some are more keen to this than others.