Wrangler of the Tiny Raptors
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- Oct 10, 2021
I was just going to comment this. I find it extra loathsome when it is icy out (now, and for the next 4 months). Spilling water on myself on sub-freezing temperatures while wondering if today is the day I fall and give myself a concussion or break something? I could do without it! I was pondering getting a sled for the water buckets…I loathe having to lug water up and down the hill to the coop. Searching for a poly or metal wagon big enough to carry them all at once so I don’t have to do them two at a time. That would make it so much easier!
I begged for my chickens and promised my husband I would tend to them. I would feel terrible if I went back on my word. He does help out with things I ask of him, generally related to building or moving heavy things. But I am the sole provider of feed and water and any treatment needed. I’m sorry her chickens have fallen on your shoulders. It’s frustrating when someone wants an animal but don’t handle the responsibility of the care. I feel that way about my teenage daughters cats.I like the chickens and am glad we have them. It is a challenge keeping them safe and healthy. And I like the fresh eggs and most of the time we have enough left over to cover the feed bill.
My "other" vote came from the fact that we have lost several flocks over the years due to predation. I got tired of replacing them and trying to keep them safe. But after a couple years without 'em she wanted to try again. I have built the most secure containment area, "the pen", that i could. This is the last time I will try.The wife (Mrs Lobo )always wants to try again and always says she will help. But I have goats in the same area and they are my sole responsibility. She has always been afraid of the bucks as they act agressively sometimes. They have never caused harm to a person as they are mostly bluff and if time is taken to learn their signs you can always overcome their agressive actions. With that said, the tending of the chickens always falls on my shoulders too, Because I'm there already. Do they have food? do they have water? The pen is muddy and so are the eggs! are comments I get regularly. I get frustrated sometimes.
I know i'm retired now and should have time on my hands to do all the things I "Need" to do but she said she would take care of the birds and rarely does what is needed.
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I don’t mind the poop either. I’m getting ready to replace the use of pine shavings in the poop tray to sand which will make it much easier to clean. As for the poop in the run, I just wear muck boots while doing chicken chores and I kick them off outside the door. Water is my biggest pain.m, especially frozen water.It may seem weird, but I don't mind cleaning the poop, I find it relaxing to rake & scoop poop as I visit my girls. I have a sand-based run and scoop 3x a day (or more), so it stays pretty clean and so do their feet & mine.
What I hate the most is refilling the waterer in the dead of winter with frozen fingers and toes. Not looking forward to that chore again & thinking I may splurge on another waterer, so I can fill it in the house and just quickly switch them out.
I use PDZ on the coop floor (no poop trays) and love it. It's much lighter than sand and dries the poop out for easy, clean scooping. It stays fresh smelling without ever changing it out. I just scoop it clean each morning and add more as needed to replenish what gets scooped away.I don’t mind the poop either. I’m getting ready to replace the use of pine shavings in the poop tray to sand which will make it much easier to clean. As for the poop in the run, I just wear muck boots while doing chicken chores and I kick them off outside the door. Water is my biggest pain.m, especially frozen water.