Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The snow is gone in the chicken pen. (Back side of the coop).
And they are enjoying this reprieve from winter.
And/or the reprieve from excess roosters tormenting the poor girls.
Either way, they're out and about in the sunshine, scratching and pecking, and living the good life.
We're up to 5 eggs a day!  Guess what's for breakfast!


  1. oh that's awesome for your girls Wendy!!! hmmm....guess what's for breakfast??? hmmm....i'm guessing chicken salad sandwiches.....amd...i...right??? bahahahahah! enjoy those delicious eggs!

    your friend,

  2. It's a good feeling to go fetch breakfast from the hens. I know. My hens did not like walking on snow. No, they finally walked down the path I wore down to a bit of grass, AND, they lined the path with poop. I had to watch carefully where I walked.Your hens seem to have a really huge yard. That's good.

    That's a cute picture at the head of the blog. Is that a recent picture? It seems like your little ones should be bigger than that. Now, I want a four-wheeler.

    1. Oh, that must have been a real treat. Silly hens. Don't they know if they sabotage the path there will be no breakfast?

      Our pen is about 50'X30'. We built it big so the meat birds would have growing room, and they'd still eat every shred of grass in it by the end of the season.

      Yup, the picture's from the other day. They're 9 & 10.

  3. Hello, Wendy! Looking good!
    I wonder have you ever heard of the paddock shift system for chickens? I have read about it and plan on using it when we get layers.

    Basically you imagine that you divide what space you have for bird pasture into 4 or 5 parts (use portable electric fencing). The hens go in part 1 until they have consumed about 30% of the forage then they get moved into section 2. They stay there until they've consumed about 30% and then move on to section 3, and so on.

    By the time they are let back into padock #1 it should have had time to recover, and the chickens will always have fresh grass and bugs.

    You would need to build a portable coop on wheels that can be moved around with the hens. Apparantly, people experience less preditor pressure with this system too.

    Not good for meat birds I'm told because they don't move around much, but really good for layers, and it would stand to reason, would work for dual purpose birds too.

    It's something I think we will implement when we get to a place when we start adding animals to our land. (Can't wait for the day to come!)

    Oh, I almost forgot my new blog address ... ... just as I wanted!

    It changed over without a hitch.