|Chickens wandering the property, I ended up making a burn pile of all the different broken tree limbs and discards.|
So on Sunday we made great strides to get the farm ready for Winter. I followed Annmarie's advice this year and shut down the outside water! I don't want to have to replace those risers again next year.
|new bedding and the nipple waterer in the chicken coop.|
I added a nipple waterer inside the coop. It is just a five gallon bucket with three little mechanical nipples inserted in the bottom. The nipples don't let the water drip out of the bucket, but do form a small drop of water on the end of them. The chickens peck at the water causing more to come out and they learn how to get water in no time. Our babies only took a single day to get the hang of it. I love the no mess angle. The other waterers cause quite a mess inside the coop. The other nice thing was this was very cheap. Annmarie got me a couple of aquarium heaters to use inside the bucket this winter. We are hoping it is enough to keep the water thawed. I might take some insulation and tape it to the lid and sides using a feed bag and some duct tape on the outside of the insulation. Still thinking about that. It is probably necessary.
We decided that it was time to let the babies out with the adult chickens. They are not really babies any more, but the roosters are not crowing yet. I have a banty hen that is tiny, she might get eaten. She is a little Showgirl that was free.
I went out to lock the chickens up last night (have not forgotten since our favorite chicken got killed) and one of the babies was outside the coop in his enclosure on a perch outside alone. I had to grab him and take him inside the coop. All the babies were in their pen (door wide open) crouched down on the floor together. It will take about a week for them to integrate with the other chickens.