Spring is finally in full swing here in New England. Which means we had snow flurries two weeks ago and now we have been in the high 80’s for the last week. It’s a little crazy but the only major problem is that we have not had any rain for at least 3 or more weeks. The ground is the driest I have ever felt it, even in August our ground is not this hard. But nevertheless, we trudge on.
We modeled our design on one we found on The Deliberate Agrarian. We modified his design so that you can comfortably stand in the tractor and the base of the tractor sits directly on the ground because the wheels are about one foot behind the cage with an angled edge so that they don’t make contact until you lift the front of the coop two inches. Now the 15 chicks spend day and night in this 5’x7’ space. We added a nipple waterer system which now gives the chicks 5 gallons of clean water at all times. We touched a few of them to the nipples and they immediately figured it out. I highly recommend this system. It is so convenient. It’s just a 5 gallon bucket and you drill three holes and insert the waterers. There is a roost although the chicks still prefer to huddle or lounge on the grass it seems.
And now the tractor is moved once per day to give them fresh grass to eat. Already they are eating less of the feed and choosing the grass. As they get larger the tractor will probably need to be moved twice per day.
And our olive egger (that is a chicken that lays olive-colored eggs!) from last summer has been laying her eggs underneath the huge old rose.