What is the best material to make a hen apron out of? Would old blue jeans work? and do they need to be paded or doubled up with material? I have a few hens that are looking a bit rough.... time to cull some roosters I guess! Has anyone ever tried skinning a rooster? I've got a few fly fisherman that want feathers, but they get so messed up if you have to scald the bird to get the feathers off.
Hopefully this rain will hold out today. I'm hoping to get the new coop moved to it's new spot so we can put up fencing to give the silkies/uggos their own section of yard and put the door on the coop. I want to move the younger chicks out there, to make room for the birds I'm getting from 1mutt on Saturday. I took the silkies outside for a few minutes after work, sat them in the grass and they all decided that trying to hide under me was a far better place to be. It was so cute. I tried finding bugs and encouraging them to look around a bit.... one had a dandy lion stem it was trying to carry around, long ways of course. They weren't quite sure what to do with the small worms, but they knew they had to keep it away from each other. Watching them play keep away always cracks me up.. silly chickens! How can you sex silkies? does the comb look wider as it develops on a roo? If so, I will probably have some white silkie roos available at chicken stock. I think I may only have one or two hens at most. I'd like to get a different colored hen for some variety too.... maybe i'll just wait and see how the uggos turn out.
Raz. glad to see you're putting up a good fence. Hopefully, it'll help shut the DB up! PS... you're a softie, but I mean that in a good way.
Looks like we're going to be moving our rabbit huts back outside. We'll build an open covered shed that will allow more air flow and will be much cooler for them in the summer. The shed got too hot this summer and we almost lost one of the rabbits to the heat. It will be good to get the shed back for storage too cause we need the space!
I think we're celebrating cinco de mayo at work today - so free lunch is always good!