Posted on 22 May 2012.
- Two homemade pasture poultry pens
I’m sure the hens are glad to be out on new ground. They get the fenced in area around the coop pretty churned up. Their favorite pastime on a dry day is to scratch out bowl-shaped holes in the ground. They then lay every which way as they scratch and scuffle and fluff around in the most humorous fashion. The dust flies everywhere. I wonder why they do that? I know it pleases them because those are the days that they lay the most eggs.
Because of this funny exercise and that of scratching in everything in sight, they make wonderful composters.
Pasture poultry pen
I came to this conclusion when I moved them into their pasture pen
, that the rooster’s got to go
to heaven. I try to move them cautiously because it doesn’t take much to ruin the day’s egg production if the hen’s get razzed. I liked the old boy originally because of his beautiful colors. He’s from Bantam stock. I was hoping his ‘kids’ would be good setters. Bantam is an original breed that does this well. Never mind wondering what he looks like – he’s so skittish it’s hard to get a picture of him. I have just one of him on the move. He’s a fuzzy blur.
Rooster and hens going into coop
He even hides in the nest box when he sees me coming. Since that’s where I’m destined to go as well, he gets suddenly surprised and tries to bust all the eggs in his hurry put space between us. He’s a true chicken. I would like a calmer rooster that wouldn’t get the hens all worked up over nothing. When the hens moved a slow pace, he was darting in and out of them like a trapped and frantic wild animal. I got him from somewhere else so I’m not sure if he was always that way.
I plan to get some new laying stock, probably Barred Rocks
late summer. I’d rather have them earlier but that’s when they are being raised at the hatchery. There’s still a tiny little option that I might find a couple of hens that want to set
after all from among the ones I already have.