Hay and Wood Chips

Today I helped my dad put wood chips and hay in the chicken coop! The ground in the coop got very muddy and poopy. EWWW!!!! For all of the people that own chickens, you know exactly what i’m talking about. We scattered around a thin layer of the wood chips and when i was throwing some inside the coop, Pippa jumped right in front of me! I accidentally  threw chips at her. She clucked like an insane person (chicken.) Then my dad brought out his huge bale of hay. He cut of the strings and we both took two humongous clumps of it in our hands. By the way i decided to put the chickens in their coop so i wouldn’t hit them with anything else. My dad and i put a nice thick layer on top of the chips, but i am a perfectionist to some extent and i needed to make sure the hay level looked very nice and tidy. After we were finished i opened up the door, and the chickens ran out on to the hay. I watched them for a while. Mable stared scratching up the hay, thanks a lot for ruining the perfect layer Mable! I was still happy that Mable was having fun. JoJo and Pippa took after Mable and started pecking and scratching at the hay as well. I think that the ground looks so much prettier and cleaner than it did before. Here are some pictures of the new bedding!

        

iI think they love it!!!!!!!!!!!! The next pictures are of a little garden we have next to the chicken coop. In the summer, when the plants are FULLY grown, we can just grab a handful and through it in the coop!

    

I am SO happy that we got the chickens. The whole thing is going just perfectly! Now i can’ t imagine life without them!

 

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Reading in the Coop!

Hey everybody from around the world! Yesterday I went in the coop so I could read my book that was assigned for homework. It was very damp and soooooo muddy. But, I really wanted to read in the coop so I stayed and lived through the day. Next thing I know a muddy, disgusting footed chicken, called Pippa jumps on my grey (now muddy) jeans. Then, and I swear she only did it to make me mad, she walked around for a while getting my jeans extra dirty. The next thing I know Mable gets jelous and decides to join us. Her feet are worse! Good thing I remembered to wear a junky jacket because Mable jumps up on to my back!!!! You may as well pour mud on me! I try to block them out and read my book, guess what, it doesn’t work. Mable keeps on trying to peck me in the ear and she makes really loud noises. Pippa keeps on trying to peck me in the eye with is no better. If anything it’s worse! I have now decided that I like JoJo’s silence and her lack of jumping. I give up and shove Pippa off my legs. Then I slowly brush off Mable. Right after I put Mable on the ground she jumps up on me and i pick her up with both my hands and slowly put her on the ground. She jumps up again and I put her down again. I do this over about six times before I jump out of my seats so she can’t get on me. But oh boy, if you saw her crouched down with her eyes trained on me, you would have ran out the door! She looked like she was going to jump at a seconds notice! I got out the door and locked it. The whole surface of my pant legs were covered in muddy chicken foot prints, so was the back of my jacket. With all the hoopla I read about three pages of my book before the caos began. The lesson I want you to take from this story is…. NEVER READ IN THE CHICKEN COOP!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

They love having little "Family Dinners." I always see them fight over the food, theres enough for everyone!    They love having little “Family Dinners.” I always see them fight over the food, there is enough for everyone!

 Pippa cocks her head, almost like she is listening or confused!

Chicken Seeds!

Hey everybody! I have just planted a mix of seeds by the chicken coop. There are plants like Bok Choy, Spinach, Basil, and a lot of the seeds were from a package called “Chicken Salad.” It has Dwarf Essex Rape, Purple Top Turnip, Bracco White Mustard, Forage Kale, and Landino Clover. They are plants the chickens will supposedly like to eat. I planted them by scattering them in a strip of dug up dirt. After i did that, i stomped on the dirt to burry them in so they wouldn’t be washed away when it rained. Then just to get the seeds growing i gave them a nice long drink of water from our hose! The seeds were planted right next to the chicken coop, so when we want to feed the plants to the chickens, we can just pluck them out and throw them in. We also experimented with clumps of grass. When we were finished digging up the grass so we could plant the seeds, we took the grass clumps and put them in the chicken coop. The chickens were sooooo happy!!!! They couldn’t wait to have something to play with! Mable would go up on the grass and scratch on it. (I bet she found a worm!) The other chickens were standing on them and pecking at them. It was nice to see them enjoy themselves.Today, when my dad was mowing the lawn, the chickens HATED it!!! They couldn’t stand the noise, they kept on squawking and freaking out! I guess lawn mowers are NOT chicken friendly! 🙂 My chickens also really do not like water. When i went to water the seeds i planted, all of them went and huddled in the corner. JoJo kept on squishing herself against the fence and kept on trying to get underneath the other two chickens! I felt so bad, but i needed to water the seeds if they were to grow. I wonder how the chickens will do with the rain. Rain takes longer to stop.  

Apple Cider and Chickens

Hello chicken lovers! I am going to show you link from a website that i posted only blog. It is about Apple cider. It tells how apple cider is very acidic and if you drink it, can help your immune system and keep some diseases on the down low. The article goes towards pigeons, but the lady at the Belmont Feed and Seed Store says that this is also true about chickens! I found the article amazing and i think you will too. By the way the chickens have now had three nights sleeping outside and they loved it!!!! They all sleep next to each other i what will be the nesting box area. The chickens share their body warmth and when it is time to come out they zoom outside! I am so excited!! 🙂 Here is the article on Apple Cider Vinegar-

Real apple cider vinegar is a natural substance, but only if from a bio farm. It strengthens the immune system, as it is an excellent source of trace and micro elements. However, this is only true of vinegar derived from apples grown in a natural (e.g. grassy) environment free of fertilisers and insecticides. An apple that is artificially cultivated does not undergo real ripening, and so does not contain the biologically complete stock of micro elements of which it is genetically capable.

Apple cider vinegar is an ideal source of organic acid. Organic acids help digestion and the breaking down of food intake, and thus prevent the development of illnesses caused by undigested food.It is widely known that acidity prevents the spread of coli bacteria and salmonellas. These pathogens like a gently alkaline environment in which they can really start to proliferate. Apple cider vinegar mixed in water prevents salmonella from spreading in the waterer. Its acidic effect continues to restrict pathogens, even in the pigeon’s intestines.What is less well-known is that apple cider vinegar can be life-saving. Many have found that in hot weather pigeons’ rate of breathing can increase, dramatically if it is very hot, and pigeons breathe rapidly with their beaks open. On such occasions the increased exchange of air causes more carbon dioxide to leave the blood than normal. This leads to acid deficiency, and so the blood becomes increasingly alkaline (breathing alkalosis). Initially this process generates bad disposition, dizziness, then nausea, and, if it becomes more extreme, death. In hot weather we pine for soft drinks with lemon and carbon dioxide in order to compensate for the acid deficiency. If at such times we give our pigeons water with apple cider vinegar, we can save their lives.In prolonged heat we can achieve even more with a little apple cider vinegar than this. For in addition to the changing pH of the blood, potentially fatal processes are taking place in the digestive system.Heat is a powerful stressor, but is bad for digestion in and of itself, as the vessels in the skin, lungs, etc. expand, while the vessels supplying the digestive system contract. Thus in hot weather consumption of food declines, meaning that good intestinal bacteria do not have adequate nutrition, and so the acid they produce also decreases. Meanwhile, as we have seen, the alkalinity of the blood grows, which is life-threatening. Simply put, the body attempts to compensate for this by taking acid away from the digestive system, further increasing its alkalinity. As the heat stress has already reduced the resistance of the digestive system, all these factors mean that conditions are ideal for the fast proliferation of salmonellas lurking in the intestines.Thus in hot weather there is every chance that a paratyphoid epidemic will flare up. In most cases, all this can be prevented by a simple acidification of drinking water with apple cider vinegar.Like anything else, apple cider vinegar can be overdosed. In too great a quantity it can even damage good intestinal bacteria. The high quantity of acid absorbs calcium (lime) and removes it from the system, which results in motor and reproductive problems. So overdoses of apple vinegar should be avoided. The dose for 5% apple cider vinegar is 4-8ml per litre of drinking water, 1-3 times a week. If we administer it more regularly, e.g. in prolonged hot weather, we should choose a lower level of concentration.In addition, we can use apple cider vinegar for the disinfection of objects, e.g. waterers, or more precisely for the subsequent acidification of a sterilized set of trays. This prevents the spread of salmonellas in the outside world. We should use it for this purpose to wash the floor of the loft, observing caution, especially in enclosed spaces, because acidic gases in the air can reach dangerous concentrations.

The Wonders of Apple Cider Vinegar by Dr. Zsolt Talabér (edited by Martin Degrave)

What did you think? Did you learn anything? Are you going to give your chickens apple cider? I know i am! Chickens Deserve the BEST and don’t you forget it!

Chicken Sleep Over!

Hey everybody. Right now before we start i would like to give the biggest thank you EVER in the world for looking at my chicken blog. Now tonight is the big night… drum roll please!!… almost… wait…and….we are keeping the chickens outside in the coop tonight!!!!!! We are going to test how they cope (tee hee) with their first night in the big house. My dad has made a small roost for the chickens outside. They love it sooo much, they always roost on it side by side. I love watching them, they should REALLY open up a circus. Sometimes the chickens jump on my back and it startles you so bad, you almost scream and jump up. But that would be dangerous.   The dark one is Mable, the golden one is Pippa, and the black and white one is JoJo as you all know.I am the one they are jumping on! 🙂 You wouldn’t believe what the next picture is so i am just going to show you.  “All the chickens lined up perfectly, wait, what did you say, their showing you their buts!” I do not know how i got this picture so perfectly, but i am glad i did!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 These next pictures are of the solar tikis my dad got in a pair of two. We put them on the edges of the coop and at night they glow!  This is the angry one ( it looks like it”s on fire!)  This is the happy one. The chickens are living better than us!!! These other ones are our chickens hanging out with my neighbors chickens. It wasn’t the best idea.My chickens are inside the coop and the neighbors chickens are in the run.   Wish the chickens luck with their first ight the coop. Thanks again for logging on, and i will talk to all of you again later!