Posts Tagged ‘roost’

This weekend we made some updates to the hoophouse we built for the laying hens a couple months back. Overall the hoophouse has been doing great, but we found a few places we could make some one-time improvements that could cut down on the time we spent doing periodic maintenance. The first thing we addressed […]

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The chicks have been growing incredibly fast! The cardboard nesting box we built for them was once spacious and luxurious for the little chicks, now these little hens are all bunched up and nearly able to jump over the walls when we take the top off to replace their food and water. Luckily for them, spring has come to Northern Virginia early this year! We’ve had many warm days so have taken the chicks into our yard to explore the new surroundings, under strict supervision of course.

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Our chicks are now approximately five and three weeks old (if you recall we have two varieties: Araucanas and Golden Comets). We recently made another trip to the local feed store to get some more chick food. The twenty-five pound bag we purchased when we bought the chicks is almost all gone already, so we purchased another three twenty-five pound bags of non-medicated chick food. This should last them until they are ready to go outside and eat “layer” feed.

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After we came home with our chicks, it was time to assemble the brooder box.  We had everything we would need, but we hadn’t put it together yet.  While it’s often recommended that you have everything ready to go before bringing home the chicks, I’m glad we waited until we had the chicks.  We were […]

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