Yesterday Jeff and I did a lot of work sprucing up the hen-house and chicken run. We’ve tried to do as much DIY as possible, including making our own feeder out of a 5-gallon bucket from a tutorial we found on BackYardChickens.com. Since our feeder didn’t work as well, we went to Tractor Supply Co. and got a new 12-lb feeder and a replacement for our broken bottle waterer.
We also hit up the hardware store for some hooks to hang the new feeder and our 1-gal waterer from the bottom of the coop. At first I was afraid that there wouldn’t be enough space to hang the two side-by-side, but there was! You can see the feeder in the picture above, and the waterer is hidden behind the ramp in the top right. The girls prefer the bottle waterer, because they’re simply fascinated by the technology, but we want them to have PLENTY of water available. Also, hanging the food and water keeps them clean… especially since the ladies LOVE to scratch up dirt everywhere.
After we made all the changes and cleaned out the coop, Jeff helped me set up my two Topsy-Turvy Tomato Planters. They were only $5/each on Amazon, so I had to experiment! I want to make salsa this year, so that means we need to have plenty of tomatoes!
So far our cherry tomatoes are the only ones that have ripened enough in the garden. I snagged a few straight off the vine for an afternoon snack!
For the girls’ afternoon snack, I used my new Egg-Perfect Egg Timer to make some hard-boiled eggs. Yes, chickens are somewhat cannibalistic… and they LOVE eggs. It’s a very nutritious snack for them, and definitely one of their favorites! Honestly, they’ll eat pretty much anything we put in front of them.
Hehe… CHICKEN BUTT!!! I love Marge’s tooshie! We originally wanted to get a wheaten maran and two australorps, but the wheaten marans are hard to come by. We love the marans because their tooshies look like they have petticoats! Fortunately, Marge’s buff orpington tooshie is a close second in petticoat-cuteness!
It’s going to be awhile before they start laying, but we’re still having fun with them. I love sitting in the garden in the evening and watching the girls scratch around. Riley listens for me to put on my flip-flops and start walking towards the back door. She always joins me for some quality girl time, I think she thinks the chickens are her’s!
Hopefully the changes we made yesterday will be for the better for us and the ladies.
Note: All of the photos in this post were taken with the iPhone app, Instagram.