Last night when my dad went to lock the chickens up for the night he left the water out and the water heater plugged in on purpose. He said it's only go down 30 degrees fahrenheit so we might as well leave it out since it's annoying to bring in. This morning when I went to let the chickens out it was extremly windy out. The water was frozen and the water heater wasn't on even though it was plugged in. The tarps, which had partly fallen from other days were now eithor complete off or hanging by one corner billowing in the wind. I tried to hook them up again but they just fell down. Since the water was frozen I brought it inside and gave them hot* water in a small container, while the ice in the waterer unfroze. I also gave them feed inside the coop incase they [the chickens] didn't want to come out.
Later my dad went out and got the water heater to work, apparently it wasn't plugged in all the way, and brought the waterer back out. He also got 2 big eggs. [which means they are both from the Black Sex Links]
What's strange is that one of the Black Sex Links keeps on laying in a different nesting box each time.
*hot water, so it wouldn't freeze as fast
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Lots of eggs!!!!!
We've been getting at least 3 eggs a day,usually 4.
There are usually:
-1 small white egg
-2 small brown eggs
-1 big brown egg
We know the white egg is from Revena [we think she's a Scicilian Buttercup]
We know that Black Sex Links lay bigger eggs than Rhode Island Reds, but we thought that both of the Black Sex Links were laying and only one Rhode Island Red, and if that were true we should be getting 2 big brown eggs and only 1 small brown egg which we are not getting, so we're a bit confused about which chickens are laying and which one isn't laying,but anyway, 4 eggs a day is great !!!!!
Last time it snowed the snow stayed on top of the roof of the aviary, which is made of chicken wire, making it sag. Last night when we heard it was going to snow 7-15 inches we got worried that all the snow would accumulate on the roof and it would break. So at 4:30 pm we put up three 2x4's, each about 10 feet long, to make it stronger. We brought in the water heater so it wouldn't get buried by the snow.
The next morning when I went to let the chickens out there was snow everywhere in the aviary and it was still snowing. We quickly started shovelling. We hung up a couple of tarps around the aviary and one on top. We also put a piece of wood on top of 2 sawhorses up against the coop so the chickens could go outside but still be protected from most of the snow and wind. Still they only went out a little, mostly just to get a drink and some fresh air.