And here I was going to post about empty baby cages!!lol Okay on to alternatives! My swinging feeder was kind of a pain so I took it down and attached it to the wall with zip ties!! Works Great... So good I put up 2!
They are cleaning it out and not wasting as much!! My oldest hen... She is molting like most of the hens but I think they are in the last stages.. She feels like a porcupine because of all her new feathers... She is an old biddy literally! lol She is boss in the hen pen..
One of my Brahma hens..
Now to one of the major alternatives I wanted to post about.. An alternative to straw or shavings for bedding... Leaves! Some of you may have read about it or may even use it.. I tend to be a little slow about some things.. Lol!
I layered it in my "nest box" and then put hay on top of it.. Works good. I will probably add 2X4 wire to keep more of the bedding in.. this is Kyla's Spangled Hamburg Hen or Wild Woman as I call her.. She was trying to fly out over my head!!
One of my older Ameruacana hens. She has nice ear tufts and beard! Very impressive I think!lol
My one white leghorn hen enjoying the leaves!!
Van the goat... I know not a chicken.... I have had problems with lice and leg mites on my chickens since we were on the other farm this last year. I had never had trouble with them before. I noticed a few are still having trouble so I went back to my books... One of the best books I have for chickens is Backyard Poultry Naturally. The author is from Australia so then you have to find the American counter part.. I guess is how you would say it.. Certain herbs and things that are grown or available there might not be available here...
So I was looking up what to use for parasites and worms for the chickens.. After reading I decided to Grind up a few carrots and whole bulb of garlic Then I mixed it with oatmeal and Cayenne pepper.. I am going to alternate this every other day with their regular feed. They ate it up! We will see how it helps them... I also am going to spray with the Eucalyptus and a couple of other oils for the mites and lice..
Then I went to doctoring!! Kyle calls them my concoctions and snake oils! I mixed garlic, veggie oil, Bees Wax,Oregano EO(essential oil), Lavender EO, and Lemon grass EO... I had this already mixed and in the frig.. I mixed this half and half with Vaseline.. Then I coated chicken legs and vents with it.. Or anywhere else I saw evidence of bugs.. Except I didn't get it around their eyes..
I will have to do this again on Tuesday... Some of them didn't appreciate being caught but once I started rubbing the stuff on their legs and feet they relaxed!!lol It was to funny! Yes I was giving chicken foot rubs!lol The worst for the leg mites was my little Silkie roo. But he has feathered feet.
We did have sort of good news on Kyle's forced vacation You know Unemployment.... Well they finally ordered the block for the job, so its being made. They still have to pour the concrete for it and looks like sometime around Thanksgiving they will most likely be going back to work... At least he is not completely with out a job and having to start all over in a new place.. I know a few who are having to do that.. He has been working as a bricklayer for almost 15years now. It would be tough to figure out something else now.
Okay I have things to do and a roast in the oven for supper tonight that is smelling Great!!! I hope everyone has a great day!!