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Chicken chores in the dark!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by chicmom, Dec 7, 2011.

  1. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Well, it's that time of year again! I rush home from work, and immediately head outside to try and get my chicken chores done before dark......Fill up the feeders and give them fresh water....... Try and clean up a little bit of chicken poo here and there.......Take a rake and fluff up the straw and shavings......Collect the eggs! DONE!

    DH put lights in my two coops now, so I can see inside, but I can't see much outside.....Yesterday, I nearly walked through a fence (one of those net kinds)......DH is thinking of getting me a flood light for outside, and that would be fabulous! In the meantime, I have a handy dandy little flashlight. I'm always afraid I'll surprise a skunk or something when I'm walking down to the coops......

    I wouldn't mind winter if it didn't get dark so darned early!
     
  2. johnsons-r-us

    johnsons-r-us Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] That is my routine too! [​IMG] Can't get home fast enough.....and if there's traffic, no way to beat the dark. Mine free range but come out of the coop when they hear the car....they know I'm coming...... [​IMG]
     
  3. wvchickenhouse

    wvchickenhouse Out Of The Brooder

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    I to rush home to take care of my girls... I hate this time of year because I can't spend much outside time with them [​IMG]
     
  4. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    We're in the same boat then.....yesterday, I didn't get started until 6pm, and it was dark already! And so I did the best I could in the dark. So I was done, and collecting the eggs and I kept seeing something jumping at the window of the hen house. (The hen house is big, I was in there....) Anyhow, it was one of my Buckeye hens......She got out and couldn't figure out how to get back in! LOL Good thing I noticed.....

    Darned short days! [​IMG]
     
  5. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Quote:I know what you mean......I think I'm going to put a light in my chicken run (it's got a roof), and bring a chair out there so I can set with them a little bit......after chores of course!
     
  6. johnsons-r-us

    johnsons-r-us Chillin' With My Peeps

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    BRRRR too cold right now to sit in a chair when the sun goes down.....was 16 degrees when I left for work this morning [​IMG] I spend more time on the weekends before dark. I only have one coop this year.....setting up another this spring. I always look around in the coop for critters too....there is a light in there so I can see at least.
     
  7. scooter147

    scooter147 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep dark in the morning and dark in the evening when I go out. I have a light in the coop too.
     
  8. SuperChickenDude327

    SuperChickenDude327 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I've got a handy light on my hat to walk out and do some midnight chores. Very useful, allows me to have a light on exactly what I'm looking at.
     
  9. nickie

    nickie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My absolute favorite [​IMG] is going outside in the dark and splashing through the mud in my work clothes first thing in the morning to feed and water them. Dark I don't mind, its going to work with mud on my pants and no way around it with as much rain as we've had this year.
     
  10. bucky52

    bucky52 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I do the same thing.rush home first thing go down check the chickens make sure everthings ok.we have a retail store and my husband tells all our customers that the chickens get fed before he does.haha.so true.he loves our three girls as much as i do.he has bulit them a little cozy house with lights.[​IMG]
     

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