Spent the morning cleaning up the girls run. I was a big fan of sand on the floor of the coop. Makes it really easy to scoop up the droppings each morning and know the girls have a clean house for the day. But the sand just gets nasty after a while so several times a year I remove all of it completely and replace. But this time I opted to go back to shavings.
I've had my eye on a new and larger coop for the girls for a long while now. A coop that allows me to install a poop board under their roost so that scraping out the bulk of the droppings every day or every other day is a snap. And I'm finally ready to order it.
So then the question is, what to do with the old coop. Honestly, I'm not positive we could get it out of the run thru the gate. And I do still love it. So I'm going to have the guys move it to the opposite side of the run and use it as a maternity ward.
Honey Bear seems to go broody every four weeks and I might just have to let her be a mama once again. She was an excellent mama a year ago when she raised the three little ones.
Last weekend the hens got baths. Have been putting oil on their feet to get rid of a light case of scaly leg mites and couldn't stand that their tummy feathers got dirty. Here's Honey Bear in the tub. She LOVES a bath. If you watch to 1:40, you'll see her nibble uncontrollably on the sink, she's SUPER ticklish. I promise to get a better video of this with her in my lap on the patio. It's hysterical.
|Look at her tail feathers! Or what is left of them. Most are broken and all are frayed. I can't wait for her to grow new tail feathers.|
|Honey Bear had an egg to lay and stayed in the coop the whole time I was in there. You can see that she fills up the whole nest with her 8lbs of girth and feathers.|
|I turned the ladder flat and put it up on cinder blocks. It's up against the fence that will get sun all winter long and I think the girls will like hanging out up there, warming themselves when the sun is out.|
|I also loosened up the dust bathing area. It's a huge area full of damp, loamy soil, sand, rice hulls, etc. The girls love to roll around in it.|
|Honey Bear has the sweetest face. She also makes an excellent mama hen and while I'm not ready for more chickens, I might just have to let her be a mama again in the spring in the newly appointed maternity ward coop.|