Last weekend we got around to installing the hog wire along the bottom of the chicken coop and burying it in the ground. This doesn’t have much to do with the chickens and more to do with the fact that our puppy, Scout, liked to go under the coop. It will keep both Hank and Scout, our digger dogs, out from under the building.
On Friday we tried something new with the chickens. I read that that they really like table scraps and that most foods are safe for them. There are some big no no’s like avocados and uncooked beans. I found a good article HERE about what is okay and what is not okay to feed them. You shouldn’t feed them certain foods because it will cause an off flavor in the eggs, but other foods are actually toxic. That being said, I had a bunch of scraps from cutting up fruit that we decided to give them.
I gave them flesh and seeds from cantaloupe, flesh/seeds from honey dew, some bits of apple, and tops of strawberries. At first they were a little skeptical about the new food.
But once one brave soul discovered there was some good stuff in the bowl everyone had to get in on the action. The fruit was a hit!
Also on Friday (as well as other days during the week) they had some outside time in the chicken run. It was really windy on Friday which made things kind of funny. Every time there was a big gust of wind all of the chickens would run back into the coop. Then they would slowly come back out again. This happened over and over.
Once we get the chicken wire covering put on the top of the chicken run (to protect from hawks, coons, etc.) and the chicken wire attached to the fence and buried in the ground (to protect from the dogs), the chickens will have free access to the run area during the day. It’ll be fun to look out the kitchen window and watch them running around out there. The weather is nice today and the wind has finally died down, so I’m hoping to put the finishing touch on the chicken run today.