April 22, 2015
Now that we have 16 hens, 2 roosters, 10 pullets, and 5 new chicks, we have had to do a bit of shuffling this week. The mama hen and chicks were itching to get out of the dog crate so we let them have the pullets’ tunnel. The hens and roosters previously had 3 runs we rotated them between to let the grass replenish. We made one of those runs into the pullet run.
When we hatch out chicks, we let them in with the hens pretty soon, because they have a mama to protect them. However, with pullets we buy, we have to keep them separate much longer. We are going to keep them separate for about 3-4mo. So, next on the TO DO list was to make a coop for the pullets. Once they are 3-4mo, we are planning on putting them in the main coop, with the rest of the flock, so a large coop was not needed.(his support system 😉 ) Almost done (sundown Tuesday) ! Hoping to finish today.
I was planning on planting all of my warm-weather seeds this week. We’ve been working on this instead 😉 If the weather cooperates, maybe I’ll still get everything planted by the end of the week…maybe.
As we sat on the couch tonight, exhausted, the word ‘pigs’ came out of my husband’s mouth. REALLY!?! Don’t worry, mom. We’re not getting them…yet 😉 This is just how the farm life is, I guess 🙂 We got chicks two years ago, fed our family from the garden last year, got more chicks this year, are planning on feeding 4 families from the garden this year, are getting honey bees next year…Like Making Gravy!