Today though, today is another story! Today, while basking in the warmth of a nice Spring day (in the high 60's), I got the pop door on the chicken coop and part of the fence up! Okay, so I failed to get a vital piece up before we painted...but I can remedy that! The door is (mostly) level, the latch is level (talk about a long process), and the hook has not one, but two eyes to go into! The door is secured the same way the people door is secured, bolt action on top edge, hook & eye at the bottom. The people door holds the other eye, this way, I can latch the door open for the day and know that the girls are safe from a gust of wind flinging the door around, also I can attach a small carabiner to a chain and secure the people door when I need it open for cleaning and such! Win, win! Of course, I failed to remember to take a photo with both doors shut...
|Clyde! I believe she is "bottom chicken".|
|Henri flew out when I opened the brooder and landed on the dryer, lol.|
|Gerty will not hold still for pics anymore!|
I still have my concerns that at least one of my girls is really a boy...Gerty is so much redder in the comb and wattles than the other two! But, from all the other "Is my BR a roo or a pullet?" posts over on BYC...I think I'm going to have to wait this one out! One poster will say it's a roo based on the "red factor" while another will say pullet because the chick in question is so much more black than white (roos color in with wider white stripes while pullets have wider black stripes). The debate continues with leg color (Gerty was a typical "pullet" colored chick when she was tiny) and so forth. I have even asked the much groaned about (I know the nice people over at BYC have got to get tired of answering that question) roo/pullet question! I get mixed reviews...the answers that always make me giggle though are the "that's a blah blah blah breed!" answers...
|Gerty just getting her stripes (see, mostly black)!|
|Gerty the day I brought them home!|
I do realize my chicks are from a feed store (thusly also from a hatchery where color standards are sub-par at best), I did a lot of research on breeds before I ordered my chicks and am fairly certain the hatchery and feed store did not give me some rare breed of chicken, even by mistake, when they only order the most common breeds. I would bet the hatchery would be calling and wanting more money if that happened! You can see Gerty's comb color better in the video (since the photo is of her backside), she is very red in the face! On the "not a roo side" though, at 9 weeks, no one is crowing! I will try to get better photos tomorrow if I have time...but for now, I am going to consider them all pullets until somebody doesn't lay an egg, lol!
The girls are now eating nearly two full pint jars a day of food, either that or they are spilling it and attracting ants...and eating the ants! Either way, the food is disappearing and I have an ant issue, lol. With all that eating, there's a lot of pooing going in too! I got nailed last night and didn't realize it until I was going to bed...not a pleasant surprise since I was in a dress with string type ties holding it up! I got a good shower that included lots of soap and this morning my office chair got a bath too! I don't know how I didn't notice that, but yuck! I will remember to be more careful in the future, Henri absolutely loves shoulder rides and will not stay off my shoulder! I actually don't mind...except for the pooing...I really think she saves a load just for me! I have kept her off my shoulder until I see her poo and as soon as she's up there, BLAM! Every time...
|Gerty & Henri...a few minutes before I got pooed on...|