Originally Posted by chicken danz
I haven't been to a swap in a long time. It would be tempting to load up a bunch of these cockerels and see what I could get out of them. My swap experience has been pretty disappointing in the past. I got all the birds moved out of the brooder house today. Sure took a while to catch them and got them set up in a pen I set up yesterday. I had to add some wiring because they could walk through the chain link. That was time consuming as well. Then I shoveled out and swept the brooder house. Then I pressure washed it and vacuumed it all up. What a job. I'm going to let it dry over night and then spray disinfectant in there before putting in more chicks. It's time to move some of these critters out of here.
I got on the Bobcat and spent several hours going to a dirt pile and driving a load across the yard to put behind my poultry building. It would have been nice to have a dump bed to load and save all those trips but I don't have that luxury. I had to water the garden too. I can't believe we still have puddles but I had to water. That is the problem with so much rain. The plants don't root very deeply then they need water sooner.
We had a pretty productive day around here too. We had a bunch of trees that needed the lower branches removed and a couple of pretty good sized trees that had come up next to the foundation, so we took those out this morning (I say we, but DH did the heavy stuff, I just loaded the branches into the mule to take to the woodpile.)
I puppy proofed the room where my foster and her four are living. I read on a website that 21 days is a magic number for pups, and for these it holds true. They are up walking on their feet and legs instead of scooting on their bellies as of this morning. They are eating like little piggies, and of course so is their mother. I put a fence across the back of the room to create a manageable space for them, and spent the day moving chicks. My little 5 week olds are spending days in the hoop, then I move them to the brooder about 7 and let the little Campines (12 weeks) back in their run for the night. The Campines are spending days with the Orpingtons and getting along fine for the most part.
I had to rescue one chick for the Araucana hen today. It had fallen into a space at the door of the coop and couldn't get out. Mom was not pleased and I got a peck for my trouble, but she is a good mom. I'll be sort of glad when she decides to take them outside.