|Pen 5, with another new nesting box.|
These are two of my original hatchlings- a rooster and a hen. The roo is too little to butcher just yet, but the hen makes me so happy!
She started laying about a week ago! Delicious little mini eggs. Most days I now find two eggs, one from her and one from one of the old girls.
The meat hens are five months old now, and I keep hoping to see their first egg any day now.
So far, the chickens are keeping the new coop quite warm on their own. So warm in fact, that I open the window up every morning to let it cool off a bit. I'll be aiming for deep bedding for the winter as well. Right now I stir the bedding up on Monday mornings and then add a bit of fresh bedding on top.
Then I sprinkle a bit of loose mineral and some sandy/pebbly grit in as well.
The new coop chickens are now eating sprouts exclusively. Mostly barley, sometimes wheat when the feed store runs out of whole barley, and occasionally wild bird seed mix. They all seem quite content and well.
I don't have my fodder trays set up the way all the 'cool kids' are doing it now. They all sit flat with multiple wholes for the water to drip through- just seed starting trays. With our dry climate it grows more evenly this way rather than setting them on an angle. I use drain (dish) boards below the plant stands, and then my next days' seeds soak in plastic dollar store window boxes as they catch the drips throughout the day.
It is a huge money saver on feed, and I wish that I had done it all summer at this scale, rather than just sprouting seeds as an occasional treat.
What is left of the meat roos get a mix of fodder and whole grain- they fight less when I can spread the feed out more.