Congrats on graduating from PT already Trish and definitely take those pain meds and hope you heal quick. Winter sure decide to set in quick heres to hoping it moves out just as fast. Having lived in both IL and KS i definitely perfer KS weather. Am trying to come up with best ideas for how to make the best roost for my garage pen and am wondering if maybe making one that like an attic door can be pulled down at night would be the best option or will my chickens roost all day?
You can make a roost that folds up against the wall when they aren't using it. I would never manage to get it folded up though cause there is too many other things to do around here. An attic door type would be kind of expensive to build. I always think in terms of money involved.
I shoveled a space for them this morning and the young Orps went out and ate the scratch and BOSS that I had spread for them and then went back inside. I'm glad they have the bigger, lighter coop, but sheesh, outside would be better. I put scratch and boss on the floor of the coop (wood shavings about 9" - 12" deep). They have done a great job turning the bedding to get to the seeds and grain.
I just remembered that I have a flock block in the storage area. I'll have to move that into the smaller coop today to give the older girls something to do.
My 2 Araucanas are still setting on those eggs. It looks like only one of the orp eggs is fertile, but all the Breda Fowl eggs are developing. Another week on those. I'll need to move those girls next week. I got a Sweeter HEater (a little one) to hang in the hoop coop for them, so I hope it will be warm enough for them.
I must have abnormal chickens. I didn't see them out until I went out to feed the dogs yesterday morning, and then they were out the rest of the day...except later when it was snowing really hard. I guess food won over the idea of staying inside. And they all know that dog food is better than chicken food. I am dreading getting out once again. I skimmed by on watering yesterday but I know today the bowls will be going dry. I so dread fighting those stupid hoses, especially in the snow.