This last week was wonderfully warm. It finally feels like spring is here, the temperatures at night are just below freezing and the days have warm rays of sunshine.
The coop got a quick coat of stain, the lean-to roof got some simple shingles and the automatic chicken door was installed. I couldn’t resist adding a cute little flourish to the coop door.
On the magpie farm we have had thatching ant hills here and there out in the fields. We have one on the north side of the property that is unfortunately large, about 3 feet around. And on one of my walks I found that they were also out. Now I have a plan for these ants. I know they bite, but I am hoping that I can get my chickens to eat them. Somehow I am going to train my chickens to be great ant devourers. I haven’t figured out how to yet, I’m working on that.
I have three types of chickens. Two Barred Rocks, two Easter Eggers and two Ameraucanas. My other worry this week is that out of my two Ameraucanas this one named Maggie may in fact, be a rooster. She / he is so sweet and I find both the ameraucanas I have the quietest and least flighty of the group.
I will be very sad if Maggie is a rooster as we cannot keep more than one with our flock. And that one rooster will be lucky to stay if we can’t hear him from the house at 6 am. Though we will try to find great homes for any extra roosters we end up with, odds are we will have a few. They are eight weeks old now and only time will tell what we have.
See you next week for the update to see if the chickens like ants and our chickens venture into their new coop!!