Caring for a tiny flock: Daily/Weekly/Monthly/Yearly Chores Checklist?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by JessicainOhio, Aug 22, 2010.

  1. JessicainOhio

    JessicainOhio Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm hoping to put together a Daily/Weekly/Monthly/Yearly Chores Checklist for maintaining a healthy tiny flock of 3 hens. I assumed that such a thing would already exist on the internet (doesn't everything already exist on the internet?), but I couldn't find one. Does anyone have one they could share?
    Thanks!!
     
  2. AllTheseCreatures

    AllTheseCreatures Chillin' With My Peeps

    The first book I bought when I started with chickens had such a summary. So I'll quote it. I'm not condoning any of the info contained in this list, I'm just providing information. This book focused on making chickens cost-effective rather than treating them as pets. So take some of the info with a grain of salt.

    DAILY

    Feed your flock.
    Provide clean water.
    Replace wet litter.
    Collect eggs and note the # on your record sheet.
    Check the health of your flock.
    Check your fence for holes or other problems.
    Record any related income or expenses.

    WEEKLY

    Scrub all feeders and waterers.
    Add litter to nests, if needed.
    Check for mites and lice every 2 weeks.

    MONTHLY

    Add litter to coop floor
    Tally monthly income, expenses and egg records.
    Brush perches and legs with vegetable oil.

    WINTER

    Collect eggs often so they don't freeze.
    Provide warm water twice a day.
    Provide layers with 14 hours of light.
    Check coop for drafts.
    Watch for frozen combs.

    SPRING

    Hatch Chicks
    Clean and disinfect coop
    Eliminate puddles where spring run-off or rain collects.
    Set mouse traps near food storage bins.
    Keep your flock away from sprayed lawns or gardens.

    SUMMER

    Collect eggs often in hot weather.
    Provide your flock with shade.
    Provide cool water; keep it in the shade.
    Cull any undesired chicks.
    Keep hens and broilers away from onions and garlic​
     
  3. JessicainOhio

    JessicainOhio Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks! This is awesome!
    Does anyone have anything they'd add?
     
  4. AccioSarah

    AccioSarah Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Give treats daily!! [​IMG]

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    Well, in moderation. [​IMG]
     
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  5. Gallo del Cielo

    Gallo del Cielo La Gallina Resort & Spa

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    Great idea. It would insure that you didn't miss something or let it get out of control. What's this about no onions and garlic? I better go check that out now.
     
  6. @~rosecityfarmgirl~@

    @[email protected] Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Something about their eggs tasing like onions/garlic if they eat it? I might try making some gourmet eggs [​IMG]

    JessicainOhio, I'm in the same situation! I'm getting my FIRST chicken today, a buff laced Polish, and I'll have a total of 3 birds in the next week or so. There's so much info out there, it's great to have a concise To-Do list! Thanks AllTheseCreatures!
     
  7. cheri222

    cheri222 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Brush perch's and legs with veg oil? I never read that before. For mites? Dry skin?
     
  8. blefky

    blefky life in the yard

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    Quote:Scaly leg mites - but I don't do it preventatively. Does anyone here recommend that?
     
  9. AllTheseCreatures

    AllTheseCreatures Chillin' With My Peeps

    I've never had scaly mites in my birds, but once they've got it, it's really hard to get rid of. It's not a bad idea to do what you can to prevent it. And with that said, I have never done it either. [​IMG]
     
  10. JessicainOhio

    JessicainOhio Out Of The Brooder

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    I guess if it's just a monthly task, it's not such a big deal to add to the list. (<--this from the woman who's only been caring for chickens for less than 24 hours).
    What else can you do to prevent mites? What about worms? Do people do a yearly/bi-yearly worming? I hear chickens pretty much will have worms unless you worm them once or twice a year.
     

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