After just a few days of having "the girls" on the back porch, we finished up securing the Coop so that no unwelcome visitors could get in and they couldn't sneak out!
I loaded up the coop with shavings, painted the roosts with DE (Diatomaceous Earth) to keep the bug population down, sprinkled it all over the shavings and into the nesting boxes as well. I don't know if they have any lice or other varments living in their feathers (I haven't had the courage to look), but if they do... I firmly believe that the DE will cure them.
After hanging the water and food, the girls moved into their new digs. I think they actually SMILED at me! Right, I know what you're thinking...I'm smelling too much DE! After just a few minutes in the deeper shavings, Henrietta started to scratch and circle into one area in the corner. They'd been laying eggs in the dog crate in one corner so I picked her up and put her into a nesting box. Look what happened!
You must admit... that is pretty cool :) Talk about videotaping at just the right moment!
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- Last year, I bought a chicken coop that was made by someone that I love dearly and decided to raise some chickens. Well... we'll see how this quest develops as Spring fades into Summer and the chicks arrive in early June! Check out my YouTube channel www.youtube.com/fbideas for the most recent videos I've posted!