Those baby chickens have been in the house for over a week. That is over a week too long! My main concern is that Rita is going to get in the room with them and figure out a way to have a chicken dinner. My other main concern is that . . well, after a while, chickens begin to smell not so good. Two dogs, 14 chickens and us . . in a house that’s too small . . something has to go and today . . that would be 14 little chickens.
Who remembers Helen? Back in 2009, she sent me this email.
Poor Helen. I think she figured I was just to dumb and she would no longer waste time reading my blog so I didn’t hear from her again after that. I feel kinda bad for her though because apparently, in some ways, she didn’t know so much about chickens. We have “egg boxes” that stick out from the coop so I don’t have to get inside the coop to get eggs, and for the most part, I don’t have to get inside to clean out the coop. And, who takes their chicken poop to a landfill? We let it age and use it in the garden. In 8 years of having chickens, I’ve never owned a pitchfork and I’ve never put the poop in the back of Vince’s truck, though we have gone and picked up rabbit poop and other kinds of poop to bring back home for the garden.
Oh well . . I think even Helen would be proud of my progress with my chickens. Or, maybe not! 🙂
Who remembers when we first got chickens in Missour? They were cute little fuzzballs and they were living in a box in the basement. We didn’t have a chicken coop yet but don’t worry . . Vince was going to get one built. The chickens grew and they smelled bad. The were moved from the basement to the basement garage into a bigger box. They still smelled. The coop still was not built and not progressing very quickly.
After about 5 months . . YES, 5 months . . I sat down with Vince and I said . . the chickens have to be removed from the basement garage. It was summer by now and the smell from the basement garage was drifting into my sewing room, also in the basement. Vince got a big wooden box and made it into a temporary coop and the chickens laid their first eggs in that wooden box.
He did eventually get the coop built.
Same thing happened here when we got the first chickens. Then we hired someone to come finish the chicken coop. Then we got more chickens, and we needed another coop and the chickens outgrew the box before the second coop was built and we had to go buy a little inexpensive portable coop from Tractor Supply. And then we hatched eggs, and the chickens grew and we needed another coop. And the chickens grew some more and we didn’t have the coop.
One of the empty coops is now cleaned, scrubbed, sanitized and ready for the 14 little chicks to move in.
This is the first time ever that we’ve had a coop ready before the last minute. These little birds are growing so quickly and they’re so active. The plan is that they will stay in the rubber tub with the heat lamp over them til they’re fully feathered. The only reason not to let them run wild in the coop is that I’m afraid snakes may get in there and eat them. I’ll put a screen over the top of the tub and put bricks on top of it so I’m hoping that will make it fairly snake proof.
Today is the day .. they will be moving into their first permanent home and we will be back to having just the two dogs and the two of us living in the house.