|Moltie, the goofy runt White Leghorn with Comet & Zucc.|
|We hauled in a kids playhouse from freecycle.|
|Don't be alarmed when they Molt - drop feathers - it's natural.|
|Our coop nearly buried in snow - keep a path shoveled.|
|You should see grains in the feed!|
|We adapt to predators, our Coopers Hawk.|
|In the coop - nice and clean!|
|Wire, fencing, and CDs to deter Hawks!|
Keep your coop clean - we laid linoleum in the bottom of our coop and it has worked great for 3 years! I completely clean it out and wipe it down - windows and all in Spring and Fall - periodically removing waste each month. We also built an elevated wire grate that sits over droppings from roosting at night so the girls don't walk or stand in their droppings. I get donated sawdust (as long as not treated or cedar) that I sprinkle over the grate and droppings each am. I have a water bowl in the coop and outside that gets changed EVERY am when I feed them. Do not over feed! You will only attract RATS! Keep all feed tightly contained in metal - animals will eat through the toughest plastic.
Chickens are work but provide so much joy. It's even fun getting the system down! The returning family that raised my flock has expressed interest in raising a new flock, may be they will let the two old gals live out their days here with us... we'll see.