So, what do you do for your "chicken chores"? :D

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by lvchicken, Oct 2, 2011.

  1. lvchicken

    lvchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 1, 2011
    Hi all!!! [​IMG]
    I am just curious what other peeps do for their "chicken chores"! [​IMG]

    1. what you do and what order
    2. the fastest you've done them
    3. the slowest

    You just do the approximate number for 2 & 3, it's hard to keep track! [​IMG]
    Ok, I'll go first:
    1. let out, feed and water little flock. let out, feed and water big flock. play with all the chickens. collect eggs. feed and water Silkie chicks. play with Silkie chicks. let Silkie chicks outside.
    2. 13 minutes
    3. 2 hours [​IMG] [​IMG] (it was 113 out that day!! [​IMG])
     
  2. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Glad it finally cooled off. I toted ice water forever this summer. Went in the coop this AM it was 50 degrees ahhh!!
     
  3. lvchicken

    lvchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 1, 2011
    Quote:Oh my gosh! It is a blessing [​IMG].

    EDIT: Where in Texas do you live? [​IMG]
     
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  4. lvchicken

    lvchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 1, 2011
    Anyone else? [​IMG]
     
  5. Stacykins

    Stacykins Overrun With Chickens

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    My daily chicken chores are pretty simple. I first turn on the hose so I can clean and refill the waterers. As those are filling, open the run and then release the girls from their coop, and check the feeder too. It doesn't need filling everyday, usually twice a week. Once the waterers are full, I turn off the hose, plunk on top of my sitting bucket (5 gallon pail I turn on its side when I'm not using it so the chooks can't sit and poop on it) and hang out with the birds for a while. I've usually got some treats in my pockets, so they know I have good stuff for them! At night, all I do is do a head count to make sure everyone put themselves to bed, then close up the coop, and when I leave the run (run encloses entire coop) close that up too.

    Other days I rake out the run or add fresh shavings to the coop. I also throw some scratch into the shavings so the girls stir it all up well (deep litter).
     
  6. jenni22776rn

    jenni22776rn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I love my chicken chores...I get laughed at when I am talking to my friends and say I have to go do my chicken chores!
    1: First I rake the coop to clean up the previous days messes....then I let the chickens out..get fresh water and fill the food. Then spend a few moments with the ladies and a few moments teaching the rooster who is the boss..because I guess they forget overnight! Then I go and let my slikies out...give fresh food and water then spend a few more moments with my 3 silkies...I then go back out and collect eggs!
    2. If I am running late..takes me about 20 minutes but if I have time to spare..takes me about 1 hour!
    [​IMG]
     
  7. NYRIR

    NYRIR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Let geese out...let Bantams out, let big flock out, let Turkeys out, let Delaware chickens out, let Ducks out.
    Feed ducks,geese, Turkeys,and all chickens.
    Fill waterers and 3 pools.

    30 minutes (give or take 10-15)

    Can be hours if we are cleaning coops/runs [​IMG]
     
  8. lvchicken

    lvchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 1, 2011
    Quote:x2! I told one of my friends so much, that she finally told me to call it "CC" [​IMG]
     
  9. Chido

    Chido Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well let's see... I have a small flock of 3 6 1/2 months old gamey mutt pullets, one of them is already laying; I have a standard light brahma cockerel of aobut the same age, already being a hormone driven annoying poopy head with his lady chicken friends; I have a most likely 1 year old gamey mutt hen we caught (there are some stray hens in my street), and there is a 1.5 year old barred rock hen we have too from the feed store, and that is still recovering from over mating wounds she has on her back from her previous owner's rooster (she was dumped in the feed store).

    My chores:

    -Get up at 6 am to take the cockerel and gamey hen out of of coop and lock them outside of the huge run where we keep the chickens
    -Change the water in the waterers, fill in the feeders, and dump some scratch with extra corn in and out of the run for all the chickens
    - Leave the coop open for the other chickens to come ou when they stop being so lazy early in the morning
    -Go back to bed
    -at 9 am or so (unless it's a day I have to go to school), I get up, check if there's anybody laying eggs, if the gamey hen needs to lay eggs, I get her inside the run with the others.
    -at noon or so I get the barred rock and the pullets our of the run, and the cockerel and the gamey hen inside the run.
    -At 6 pm I lock the gamey hen inside the crate that is inside the coop because at that time she stars trying to get on the trees, and since I don't want my other chickens to learn from her example...
    -at 6:30 everybody is inside the run but the cockerel
    -at 7pm or so, once the chickens are settled inside the coop, I let the cockerel inside so he can sleep with them.

    I do this rotation because my gamey mutts turned out to be small, and I didn't know brahma chickens grow o big, and since two of the 3 pullets aren't laying eggs yet, the constant love harassment from him is a bit to stressful for them. Also He reopened a scabbed wound on the barred rock's back that turnedo ut to be an ugly hole in her skin, deep enough that I could see the muscle under the skin. He didn't do it because he was aggressive, but he ripped it off her when he mounted her, so until her skin is completely healed and feathered, I have to keep rotating everybody [​IMG].
     
  10. lvchicken

    lvchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 1, 2011
    Quote:I'm sorry about that! [​IMG] Have you ever thought of buying hen savers/saddles? They work great. I bought some last spring, and they work beautifully. [​IMG]
     

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