It has been 9 days since we finished the hoop coop, fenced in a small portion of the garden area and moved 60 plus head of chickens. The hens are still acting pi$$y and barely laying a dozen eggs a day.
I've moved their nesting boxes to the new hoop coop. I did not put it much off the ground because in their old coop some would lay under the boxes and it is just too nasty to get down on your hands and knees to collect the eggs. So here it sets only 4 inches off the ground. In two days there has only been 2 eggs in the boxes. The rest were on the floor just anywhere or out in the chicken yard.
I moved the automatic waterier into the hoop coop.
I did forget their pan of crushed oyster shells but they have those now.
A few are beginning to perch on the one roost I lowered during the day..... One would think they would remember to go inside during the night instead of sleeping on the damp ground but noooo not my chickens.
I told them again today that the only thing saving them from the pressure cooker and canning jars is that this area of the garden has gone from this......
...to this in only 9 days.
I think the old homestead way of clearing the garden while fertilizing is going to work quite nicely, don't you?
I did get enough eggs this past week to make 7 quarts of pickled eggs so I guess I can't complain too much. A clean garden and food one way or the other..... So Chickens........Keep Scratching!