Moving Day

LeAnn posted this blog on Monday, July 12th, 2010 at 2:14 pm

Randy built our little hen house on an old boat trailer, and the run we put up for them, essentially a dog run, is outfitted with wheels that Randy rigged up so we could push the run.

Saturday evening, we decided we ought to move the hen house and the run to give Betty White, Gingersnap, Bluebell, Laverne and Shirley a little bit of fresh grass to peck around in.

After the chickens had all gone into the hen house for the evening, we closed the door to shut them inside. Then we put the wheels under the east end of the run and gave it the old heave-ho and moved it about five or six feet. That was the easy part.

Then came moving the hen house. Randy pushed and I tried to help push and direct at the same time. It took a little bit of doing, but we got the hen house maneuvered to where we wanted it, and then we had to put the door piece back so they can get from the hen house to the run.

We really did not hear much out of the chickens while we were moving their hen house, except the occasional “thump” as somebody repositioned themselves better on the roosts. This morning the chickens seemed none the worse for being moved.

That’s why Randy built the hen house on the boat trailer — so we could move it around when we wanted to, and I have to say that it seems to be working out just fine.

Sunday afternoon we went to the farm supply store, and among other things, bought two of the little chicken feeders that screw onto a glass quart jar. I am hoping this will help them to eat their chicken feed better outside. They clean up their scratch grain quite well, but the ground chicken feed they don’t eat quite as well. What they really like is apple cores and chunks of bread. I hear that chickens like potato peelings, too, but we usually don’t eat many potatoes until we get fresh potatoes in the fall. . .

LeAnn R. Ralph

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