Do you guys even like to hear about the ladies? I love to talk about them because I love the chickens, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you all want to hear about them. Really, do you mind a chicken post now and again?
Well I’ve made some changes to our set-up since I last checked in. I got a few more chickens from a friend so I’m up to nine hens total. They are big and beautiful and they poop. A lot. They took a liking to my porches and sidewalk and I was just so sick of chicken poop everywhere. Not only is it gross, but it’s embarrassing. So I decided to fence the ladies in instead of letting them roam as they please.
This is a little bit embarrassing for me to post. This part of my yard is the forgotten part that no one, even us, ever goes in, but hey, I like to keep it real.
It’s hard to see here, but there is now a chicken wire fence from the corner of the coop to the fence.
It’s a nice big area, so I don’t feel bad about keeping them there. My compost pile is in there which they pick through and scratch at. All that yellow is apples that fell from the tree. I just tossed them in after I cleaned up under the tree. The hens eat on them and I’ll rake them back into the compost pile every week or so. What they don’t eat turns into future garden fertilizer. The stick pile is there for the hens. They like to hide in it and go under there when the sun is out. Did you know that chickens don’t like direct sun? They always stay in the shade when they can. I’m wondering if that will change as the weather gets colder.
The shed-of-death back there has my wheel barrow and some pots in it. We don’t use it or go in there ever, it really should just be knocked down. I’ve found multiple black widows in that shed so I never go in it.
The chickens on the other hand love the shed. It has a dirt floor to take dirt baths in, and they love my big pots. A friend asked if I had convinced the chickens to lay eggs inside of the coop that I lovingly and painstakingly built for them (coop tour here) and the answer is no. I tried golf balls, fresh mint in their laying boxes, the whole shebang, but not a single bird of the nine lays eggs in the coop. Not one! Now that they are fenced in it is a thousand times easier to find the eggs. I’m sure there are nests hidden in the yard that I haven’t even found yet, sneaky little buggers.
They lay two places here. One is in my pot. Isn’t that funny.Here are two gals laying together. As I walked over to take a picture the hen on the left stood up.
As I watched, she laid the egg you can see there. I saw if plop right out of her! Isn’t that amazing and gross all at the same time? That egg is literally 2 seconds old. Can’t get much fresher than that.
So three hens like the pot and the other 6 lay behind that board leaning against the barn at the far left of the picture below.
It’s hard to tell, but that is a hen hiding under the board laying an egg.
I like the lack of poo but I miss them meandering the yard and I know Henry misses chasing them. I let them out to eat grass for a few hours in the evening, but it’s not quiet the same. I’ll keep this set up through the winter too though because it is working well.
I’m getting 6-8 eggs a day. Chickens lay according to the hours of daylight they get, so I’m not sure how things will change as they days get shorter, but I need to read up on what they need for the winter.
There you have it, a lovely little update on the hens at my house.
Thanks for letting me gab about the ladies! Are you convinced you need your own yet?