Some people have lazy days, I seem to have lazy weeks. I was slow to get work started, but i was happy with what work I did get done. Our gorgeous ameraucana rooster Mags, (formerly known as Maggie) has started to crow at the age of 18 weeks and he is letting everyone know it. Anytime you go to visit the chickens, he crows when you leave for the next half hour just to make sure you know he’s the boss.
Even with my lack of get up and go this week, I did manage to get a great start on the chicken tractor. I know I do not have any fine carpentry skills and my cuts aren’t perfect, but I am getting better. I have tried my best to make the coop lightweight yet secure all while on a tight budget.
I have planned that the backside of the coop will have an upper door for access to the nest boxes and a lower door for coop clean out. I have placed the roosts under the nest boxes and I really hope they use them down low as this would make for easy clean out. If they happen to be confused and roost in the nest box area, I can unscrew it and switch them. Next week I should be able to get the doors on and a coat of paint started!
After over 4 weeks I finally received my incubator in the mail and my son and I are so excited! It only holds about 11 large eggs and we figured this was enough for us newbies to start with. All we need now are our hens to start laying eggs! So the pressure is on even more now for eggs as we want to expand our small flock.
The internet is full of ideas on how to tell if your hens are close to laying. One such idea is that the combs and wattles go a dark red. Our barred rocks combs and wattles have gone from pale taupe to quite a dark red so I am hoping this one marker holds true for eggs soon to come. The barred rocks have also gotten so vocal and loud these last 2 weeks its crazy! They literally scream at you and come running – though this could be because I bring them fresh picked bunches of alfalfa when I visit their pen 2 or 3 times a day and they know I have goodies.
Catch up with me next week to see if we have any eggs!