Monday, February 15, 2010

Sun Through The Trees

   Sunshine! The sun was very welcome around here today. I even got myself outside for a bit and worked in the coop cleaning out the nest boxes and making plans. I decided I'm going to close up the tall nest boxes after I divide up the communal boxes. That will give me nine nest boxes and allowing for two chickens per box that should be enough for the seventeen hens.

   I scrounged up scrap wood and nailed together the boards to hold some wood ashes in front of the nest boxes. The hens will have to walk through the ashes to go in and out of the coop. I was going to put ashes down, but Tom had added fresh ashes today and I didn't want to worry about any stray coals starting a fire in the straw.  I am also considering making a screen so I can sift the ashes. That would eliminate the stray hot coal problem.

   Knatolee, Knatolee's World, here and Missy, Little Messy Missy, here made great suggestions in the comments yesterday. Why build a dust box when I already have a large plastic container. We bought it originally to hold our first batch of chicks years ago and it has been sitting out in the shed gathering dust. I hauled the tub over to the coop so it would be at hand tomorrow.

   I did clean out the nest boxes and put in new straw. I put the old straw and wood chips out in the pen over the muddy pine. The pine branches worked as a covering until the chickens scratched the mud up on top of the pine and made a muddy piney mess. Photos tomorrow.

   The photo is of the driveway by the gate and I took the picture because a cloud moved away from the sun and everything lit up for awhile. The sun has been playing peek-a-boo.

   I find neat things when I'm searching around and this is an interesting way to make nest boxes. I wouldn't want to buy this set up, but if I had it around it would be neat to convert to a new use. Or if I found it at a garage sale? Nah, I already have my boxes, but for the future? I remember finding this site before once when I was looking at coop designs and someone had used Ikea stuff to make a coop.

(February 15, 2009)
Quilt? Snow?
I want snow!

[6 eggs today]
The chickens got strawberry tops for treats today.



Melodie said...

I liked the plastic drawer nest box you linked too! How creative and a great way to recycle!Your driveway is lovely!How nice it must be to drive through the woods to your house!

Missy AKA Little Messy Missy said...

Beautiful picture of the sun coming through the trees!

lisa said...

I love it when the sun peeks through the trees, they looked like they were glowing yesterday when I left work. You have a good day, Callie.

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

We love the picture..
Yepper why buy new when you already have what you need...

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

DayPhoto said...

What a beautiful photo. And seeing the sun, wonderful!!!


JoyceAnn said...

Sounds like you had a busy day. I need to clean out our chicken coop too , but it was just to windy and cold today , so maybe tomorrow. I want to add ashes to our nesting boxes too , when the ashes dry out.

~ Many Blessings ~

Kateri said...

Hi, Thanks for your king comments on my blog a couple of days ago. You have a pretty flock of hens! :) I've never thought of giving my chickens a place to dust bath in the winter. Hmm... we have wood ashes from our stove. I'll have to see what I can come up with!