It has long been suspected that our dominant chick, the purebred blue Ameraucauna hen that would lay blue eggs, was really a rooster. I have been in denial– hoping my positive thinking would really make this chick that was clearly the boss of the flock, who charged with its chest out at the others constantly, who was curious and led every expedition of adventure to the bushes, who grew a bit faster and taller a hen that laid beautiful eggs with blue shells. Well, Cupcake is a full fledged rooster now. Crow and all. My goal this week is to find a new home for him. He is beautiful and friendly, but we don’t need a rooster.
And while we’re on the topic of chickens I thought I’d show you our finished coop. It has been done since September, so it is well broken in now.
We used the Garden Coop plans and we’re really happy with the finished structure. The chickens can come and go from the henhouse to their run as they please (which means no one has to go out at the crack of dawn to let them out). Humans can come and go easily too and the henhouse is super easy to access and clean.
Here’s a view of the inside of the henhouse with the human access door open. I’ve been using sand as the litter in there and I highly recommend it. Every couple of days I scoop and sift out the poop and dump it in the compost pile. It makes for a stink-free as possible arrangement and takes me 5 minutes to do. I had put hay in their nesting boxes, but they just pulled it out and made a huge mess with it– making the sand hard to scoop. They are just about old enough to start laying, so I need to figure out some nesting box solution that won’t ruin my sand littler. I ordered some plastic nest pads so we’ll see how they go. I want eggs clean and coop care simple so things don’t get out of hand disgusting.
Their food and water is out in the run. I’ve made a 2 gallon bucket into a nipple feeder with these poultry nipples and the feeder is made from PVC pipe and a corner litter pan for rabbits.
Hens usually slow down their laying during the cold months, so I’m not sure when my chicks will start laying. I’m pretty excited about it, though!! I can’t wait to find that first egg. I will be so proud