|Gerty "inspecting" the clean coop.|
Today though, the girls got into yet another fight over the one and only nest box that any of them will use, knocking it over not once, but twice! When I first got up this morning, I went down and turned it right side up...with Gertrude firmly attached to the interior of said nest box, I might add! Within a few hours, they had they box overturned, completely this time, and all three were raising a ruckus outside! I don't want to say my girls are quiet by any means, they are after all a vocal animal, but they are "quieter than most" and really don't get "loud" unless they've just laid an egg or there is a serious problem in the chicken run. When I say "serious", I mean they ran out of food or water (these have both happened once, maybe twice if I wasn't feeling well) or if there is an issue inside the coop (usually pertaining to the single nest box). This is when having the security camera on the TV in the dining room comes in handy...I can tell when it's a food/water issue or a "coop" issue (of course, it also helps if you don't accidentally lock them in the coop the night before...). Since I could see they had overturned the nest box again, I decided it was just time to clean the coop and be done with that chore (until shortly before the baby gets here...but hopefully I'll have a little help with that cleaning).
|Clyde was the first to claim the fresh nest box!|
|Gerty checking out my iPhone...|
|Henri also needing to use the box|
I also spent a little time on the goings on in the chicken's run as well. We recently made the switch to pellets instead of crumbles. This was a change I really wanted to make last year when the girls got weened off of chick starter, but until this last visit to the feed store, they've always been out of pellets! Pellets take up a little less space, meaning in a week, we're already down to only having 2 litter containers full instead of three. Some say pellets reduce the amount of feed chickens waste, but my girls never let any food go to waste, so I can't see any difference there! I also refilled their water with fresh...last time I cleaned their water dish and put a little Apple Cider Vinegar in it as well (good for them, but I fail to remember why). I need to remember to not do that! The girls don't like it, they drink less water than they do normally, the water turns milky and mold grows (gross)! So, I dumped it out and gave them a container of fresh, clean water today as well!
And in other chicken "stuff", I do believe as of today, all the girls are back to laying! Gerty has been dropping a ton of feathers everywhere, but I don't think she "looked" like she was molting...however, she laid a 1.7 ounce "torpedo" egg today! I know it was Gerty because she was the only hen not fighting for the box after I cleaned the coop. It has been several months since we've gotten 3 eggs a day! Of course, the day before we go out of town for several days isn't the ideal time for us to get an influx of eggs...especially when I didn't line up a chicken-sitter for this trip!
I guess getting moving is what I rally needed to do recently too...over the past several days I have been dealing with increasingly more swollen ankles! Today they were/are so bad, that even my fuzzy slippers are leaving a crease line in the middle of my foot! But, I did manage to get a pair of socks and shoes on to go out and deal with the coop, and surprisingly, once I was done, I noticed that my right foot was a little less swollen. Of course, the relief lasted until I sat down for 5 minutes...so it was short lived relief. I'm gonna try soaking them later, maybe that will help?
And here is a preview of a post I'm planning for the future (near I promise)...aren't the colors just awesome? It's a quilt, and I am sort of following a pattern...but more on that once it's finished!