Hello BYC'ers.....hope everyone's enjoying their weekend!!! Well we finally got our outdoor runs and watering system completed and can relax for a bit...maybe. I was looking on CList and found some great security panels a fella was selling @ a very reasonable price so I bought them, they're 5' wide x 8" tall and there were 15 of them as well as a hinged door and other pieces to help w/ assembly. we also already had a heavy duty 10 x 10 kennel from TSC so in the end we have a 10'x10' run saddled to a 10'x20' run and both have their own entry doors so we can access both areas easily as our flock is currently separated by age.... (2) from racinchickens @ 10 weeks old now and 7 others from McMurray who are now 5-6 weeks old. So we have the coup temporarily subdivided but are letting them view one another until they are roughly same size before combining the two. And our new outdoor watering system is working flawlessly and I put it together pretty affordably as I had most everything I needed already, it is a fifty five gallon drum system that with it's column of water pressurizes the 3/4" PVC lines (approx 25' ) that have 10 chicken nipples (7) in main run and (3) in smaller run. I situated it @ the corner of our barn so it collects some rainwater but floated in two 20lb bags of ice to cool it down, I then wrapped the barrel with a water heater blanket I had here to keep direct sun off of it and also used a trash can lid inverted with a small 1" hole drilled ( and screen to keep crap out ) to allow water in but keep leaves and skeeters OUT. Flock has all figured it out and use it regularly and we're not hauling water all the time now!! Also got my nesting boxes built and have one installed but am waiting on installing the double set I made until we need them. The real beauty of the panels we picked up is we still have (8) panels left in the event our flock grows and we need more run space!!!!
Oh and I almost forgot our neighbors gave us their Bonus chick from our McMurray purchase /split and it turns out she's a little Cuckoo Maran who's doing very well also, so it seems our flock is even more diverse than before with 2 BO's...2 SLW's....2 BR's....1 Bresse.....1 White Leghorn ( I think ) and the Cuckoo Maran. I have been trying to keep up on our page here but WOW....it's NOT EASY.
Aw, I bet the little flock is precious!
I can't keep up with the page, either. It moves fast! I just pop in every once in awhile. Welcome, though. :)