Tuesday, May 5, 2009
What a day! We got into the Chicken coop today and Cleaned It Out! Straw, dust, dirt and all the mess that chickens can leave behind. So sweep, scrub, rinse, bleach, rinse, scrub, rinse and the coop is cleaner than our studio! We just kept at it, we both felt good to have it done. I tilled out the yard and planted timothy and wheat seeds. How could we be so motivated?? This is a new year on the Farm! Next week the chicks are coming from McMurry. By Monday the coop becomes a nursery for 100 Jumbo Cornish Rock hens. The farm will be in operation again.
There is a little more to this.... The coop was being used by another flock of chickens. So last night in the dark we moved the Egg layers into the orchard. That is their summer hangout. There are about 30 Bantams and Leghorns and we moved them back to their old hangout from last summer. They will be outside all the time. They have a nesting [bad weather/night] insulated box and a sports bar box if they need a separate shelter or if there is strife in the flock. These chickens have personality and there is always fussing going on. Today they were ranging through the grass with a lot of clucking going on. It was good to see them being so comfortable right away. This is a good day. We are tired, we hurt. But this is what I want to be doing with my days.