Thursday, January 14, 2010

Sami~ Update

Sami spent several days in the garage and then back to the coop. She is all better and enjoying being back with her siblings. We enjoyed having her as a house guest and spending time closely with the family has made her even more special to us! We love our Sami~

Life Gets Messy~

Here I am this morning at Farming On Faith. I went to feed my girls this morning and guess what I found. A BIG MESS. With warm temps my chicken coop had defrosted. You guessed it chicken poo, mud, and muck. I walked into the girl's house and my handy, dandy chicken farmer boots squished. Well one thing you must know about keeping healthy chickens is they must stay dry.NO~this just will not do!

My Brian bought me a big roll of straw but it is frozen.We have been putting it in the coop but it appears that frozen straw when it is defrosted is a soggy mess. Not to mention the girls staying inside the coop for the past month with freezing temps. This picture does not really clearly show you my big mess!
I decided to run to the Tractor Supply for pine bedding. The wet straw is just not going to work. So I ran to town with no make-up and in my chicken farmer boots. What a sight I must have been. I was assuring myself farmers at the Tractor Supply Store would be to busy to notice or care~Right?

Nosey girls watching from above~

I raked. I shoveled. I bleached. I scraped. I did all this for about an hour. As I have shared before being a chicken farmer is not for the squeamish~that's for sure. Although I am not squeamish in the least I wore disposable gloves all the same!
I am trying to clean here~but they all wanted to see what I was up to.
They wanted to be in my way!

This would be handy~dandy chicken poo. Any ideas on what I can do with chicken poo?
Layla was in one of the nesting boxes squawking because she was laying her egg for the day. She refused to get out but she was yelling at me the whole time. They are very modest about laying~they would rather no one watch ~Momma Chicken or siblings are not welcome to observe. I guess I can understand!

Layla finally lays her egg but still refuses to leave. Nope she wants to sit on her egg.
That is fine and dandy but they all want to lay in the same box for some reason. They have four nesting boxes. Sadie wanted to lay her egg too. So they argued and fused for awhile. I tried to referee but to no avail. Sadie finally jumps in with her and lays her egg in seconds and jumps out. No fooling around for her.
What is the reward for all my work? A clean coop~happy girls and two eggs. What more could a girl ask for? Maybe a bubble bath!!!!!



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