Thursday, 16 October 2014

Free ranging.

Ignore the mess at the back of the garden, Remember its still a work in progress. The chickens are still getting used to being outside and they like to spend most of their time in their run. They're getting there though.  

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Learning.

Originally I had straw throughout the chicken coop. Mostly because it was on offer and because that's what I imagined chickens would like. 

Well, it seems that they do indeed really like the straw to sleep on, but I didn't like how quickly it got coated in poo and what a nightmare it is to clean out. And I really don't want my chickens to be coated in their own mess. So. I've changed their bedding over to wood shavings in the hope that it will be like a cat litter box that I can poop a scoop daily. I have, of course, retained some straw for their nest boxes so that they can make actual nests. 

So far Orange is the only one that's been up there. Not surprising as she doesn't like being outside. I'm not sure that she liked it. She had a taste of the chips, decided (thankfully) that she couldn't eat it. She gave it a beady eyed stare and walked back outside. I hope that they do like it and that, that reaction was just because its new. 

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Success!

Well I got way more than I thought I would from their first day with me. I'm very happy. :D Poor chicken Orange did really struggle to get that second egg out though.

First egg!

And still warm from the chickens bum.

ok so I'm still toying with names.

But the chicken with the yellow leg ring is definitely the bravest out of my chickens. She is the only one that has ventured out of her coop and into her run so far this morning. I have one of the chickens straining in the nest box which makes me hopeful about an egg and I'm a little unsure about what I should do about the poop in the coop. Ha poop in the coop. Do I take out the worst of it whenever I see it, or just clean the whole lot once a week? Better go look at my chicken books again.

Saturday, 11 October 2014

The ex-batts have arrived!!






They're a bit bald and sore in places but they seem to be picking things up quickly and they seem to be settling in all right.