Here is our chicken barn! We still have to bury a little more wire around the perimeter so nothing can dig under, plant a few more rose bushes and flowers around it, and make a pretty wreath for the front wall. We use the wheelbarrow, so I may put a potted plant in it to pretty it up a bit. I still plan on making a dust bath for the yard area soon. I hope to get that project done this week!
Okay, let's get cleaning!
Here are my two "poop scooper" tools.
In order to maintain a clean environment, I scoop about 3 times a week.
I also use them to scrape and catch the poop on the ladder.
Looks like I might have a broody hen. I hope so!
Clean nesting boxes are essential for healthy chickens and eggs!
Over at Fresh Eggs Daily , I found Homemade Orange Peel White Vinegar Coop Cleaner. I like using it to freshen up their coop area. I get many helpful ideas from her blog and from The Chicken Chick!
Isn't she such a sweetheart for showing us her babies?
Now, this looks like a clean coop area! I plan on making a "poop hammock" that will be placed under the roosting bar. This will make cleaning in this area much simpler. It will also be a great way to collect the poo for fertilizer.
A good raking finishes the job.
Don't they look appreciative ?
I like to keep their water clean by hanging it a few inches off of the ground. I often add Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar to the water for its wide array of health benefits.
Well, that clean for another day!
Remember sweet little Sassafras?
Well as it turns out, she is a hen!
I'm glad because I was wanting more good egg-layers. I have her separated from the other chicks until she is big enough to fight back. Chicken do tend to pick on newcomers. Sassafras does mingle with the other chickens along the outside their chicken yard. I think this will help them get use to her.
Here's an extra for today!
Since an alligator has taken up residence in our pond, I am glad to see that the ducks are still thriving in this naturally wet area.
You'll notice that I only have two now. Don't worry, the gator didn't get the other two. I gave them to my best friend , and they are doing great in her pond. I hope we both got a drake and a hen. You can't see it in this picture, but the duck on the right has a tail feather that looks like it is curling up. I heard this was a way to distinguish it as a male.