This upcoming weekend was to see six of these eight head out to be dressed and dropped into our freezer. They’re not up to snuff to where we want them to be, so they’re received a stay of another month. We have the eight separated out into a batch of six – that that will be going – and a batch of four – some new layers. We’re keeping three Rhode Island Reds and one Barred Rock. The Rock that we’re keeping is the only one of the five that doesn’t consistently attack you when you reach your hand in. The three Reds were the most docile to handle.
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Thanks to a fox taking off two of our hens and then the would-be-butcher never getting back to us, we ended up keeping the six last chickens from what was to be a broiler flock. We now have eight hens and a very loving rooster. Needless to say, that left us needing to either add on to the old coop or gain a new one. We decided to go with a “new” one, or more specifically, to revamp the old wooden shed and build a new metal shed. We were able to scrounge a lot of the wood needed to alter the old shed. Only four 2X4s were purchased, and technically only two full ones were used.
We ended up having to close everyone in the new coop for a full day before they would go in on their own at night. (They had been circling the old coop and tractor like vultures. It made for a hassle carrying them to the new coop every night.) We haven’t lost any egg production with the change and, even better, we haven’t had to deal with frozen water at all as their new set up stays warmer at night.