Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Coop expansion.

Handy Randy finished up the chicken coop and run last week! Now they have a roomy yard to play in,  a roosting bar in the run and the coop, and nesting boxes for when they get old enough to start laying. We also added a hanging feeder and waterer, and have a second waterer to add in the run. They drink a lot of water!
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View into the coop. They're loving that big seed block!
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The nesting boxes! We need to add some straw to them.
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Randy made the roof area of the nesting boxes into a storage area for supplies. Their scratch feed, grit, dried mealworms, and few other things are in there.
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I finally found some cute chicken coop boots! The chickens most favorite place in the yard so far is under and around the scuppernong vines. That's Nugget there. I was afraid she might be a rooster, but after a bit of research, I'm pretty well positive she's a she! The chickens started pecking each other to bits a few weeks ago which fueled the completion of the coop and starting to let them free-range. Nugget has received the brunt of it so she's looking pretty bald on her rump. We're coating the pecked spots down with Blu-Kote, and hoping that the changes we've made will stop the pecking. It's frustrating!
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Jellybean (black sex-link) and Lemon Drop (Easter egger). They suck blades of grass Elliot gives them down like spaghetti noodles!
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Nugget (Easter egger) peeking out from the scuppernong vine.
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Little Elliot chicken hanging out under the vines with the chickens.
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Cutie pie!
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