Chook Coop Improvements

There is always more you can do for the animals and their surroundings. I never seem to get to all of it. However, these were a couple of things that needed doing and didn’t require me to climb on a ladder!

What  do you think these are for?!

tools

Chickens need calcium to help strengthen their shells. We tried just putting out a bowl of oyster shells for the new chickens like we have done in the past but they just kept spilling them and making more of a mess than usual. So, I thought maybe a wall-mounted container would help.

I discovered that this group of chickens is super curious and really want to supervise things.

elizabeth-checks-out-tools

Elizabeth continues to supervise and gives the pencil a peck.

elizabeth-pecks-pencil

A Buff decides to check out the shells once container is mounted. Curious but not very brave initially.

buff-checks-shells

They quickly decide they are ok to sample.

ok-to-eat

Another improvement was to secure the swing. The chickens love it but we have just missed hitting our heads on it many times. I thought getting it out of the way for cleaning and egg collection might be a good idea. First, I need to put in a screw eye. Elizabeth (I think) has to inspect my work.

Elizabeth, "Not sure I like the look of this!"

Elizabeth, “Not sure I like the look of this!”

A bungee cord through the screw eye works well. No more near misses! Of course, it goes back for their roosting. They really love jumping on it.

swing-attached

It is definitely worth all we put into the chickens when they provide us with such nice eggs!

eggs

 

 

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Published in: on January 17, 2017 at 2:49 am  Comments (4)  

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  1. [J] [J] Now who is story-telling, Jacalyn? It is so true that chickens are curious. They are fascinated with anything going on in their domain, especially DIY that involves little bits being put down, picked up, moved about. When I hose down the inside of the big chicken house, on the croft, there’ll be a dozen or more birds that refuse to leave, and they simply move round and round to avoid the worst of the deluge (I hose down all internal surfaces – including the roof), but they’re quite prepared to get wet!

  2. What a pretty group of eggs. You are such a good animal,owner.

  3. Thanks for sharing–I am enjoying your more frequent posts! Chickens are some of my favorite people.

    • Me, too! This batch seems particularly intelligent!


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