Monday, December 13, 2010

Chicken Update

I haven't updated on the girls for awhile. They are still doing great. Not really looking forward to a long winter. I have been going out to check for eggs at least twice a day. Thankfully I have lots of help.

We put a ladder up to the nesting boxes and Drew makes it his priority to check for eggs each morning at least once. The birds have been so desperate to get out and roam that they have started flying out of the boxes as soon as the kids open the latch. You can see one of them peeking out in the picture below. In the other picture is a Plymouth Rock or "Cluckles" that was lucky enough to escape. It has been chilly but so far I have still been letting them out in the afternoons to forage a bit. They always seem to wonder up on the deck looking for any sort of treat.
We have set up a heat lamp inside the chicken house to supply the birds with a little warmth and a few more hours of light. The lamp has helped with egg production. We are still getting about 5-8 eggs per day.

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