Friday, October 22, 2010

Plastic Roof on the Chicken Coop Pen

I got a tarp up over the chicken pen because it is going to be raining for a few days and the chickens will have to stay penned. I also put five bags of leaves down in the pen for the chickens to scratch around.

I read somewhere that if you are going to use the deep litter method you should keep the litter dry. So, I'm going to give dry a try. I may need to get some more tarps for the sides of the pen. This storm is supposed to be windy so I'll be able to see how much rain gets blown in the pen. The pen is pretty well protected under the trees.

There is some little critter digging in the coop. Don't know what it is, but I found a pile of dirt on top of the plywood in a corner and I know the chickens didn't pile up the little dirt mountain there. I dug around the outside of the coop corner and put some rocks in the hole. There is already a metal barrier sunk down 18" and metal under the plywood. Maybe it's a mole?

My back is messed up again and I'm still not feeling positive... meaning feeling like doing anything except reading. I need to go make something for my dinner. I'd probably feel better if I ate. Grumble... I am not a happy camper. I think I need more blueberry pancakes.

I have an easy fun rainy day project in mind for tomorrow.
Hope I can move around and get it started.

(October 22, 2010)
The chickens are in the middle of molting
this year too.
We haven't fired up the wood stove yet this year.
Maybe tomorrow?

[1 egg today]
There haven't been any eggs the last couple of days.



Lynda said...

I prepped the chicken coop for the storm, too. It's suppose to be a big one! Batten down the hatches and stay warm!

LindaG said...

I hope the weather is easy on you.

Take care and feel better, soon! ♥

Anonymous said...

So sorry your back is bothering again. It seems like once it starts it is so hard to get it completely healed and strengthened. It sounds like your chickies should be well protected throughout the storm.


Kent Island Red said...

I know how frustrating it can be when you have plans to get things done and for whatever reason, you can't. Try not to let it get to you and just enjoy your book today. Remember, it'll all be there for you when you're finally ready to tackle it!

Blue Sky Farm said...

My coop is covered too.. and new straw piles added to the floor of the inside coop.. Weather is changing here too.. rain likely this weekend..
My egg production from my 5 girls is decreasing too.. Gotta keep them warm & give them some longer "light hours" I think... soon.

Feral Female said...

Sounds like you`re as prepared as you can be!

Lorilee said...

I'm so sorry your back is bothering you again. Your coop/run sounds well-protected. I wish we would get some rain here. We are getting dry!

diane said...

Blueberry pancakes would buck me up. Hope you feel on top of it soon.

JoyceAnn said...

I bet the chickens will be happy campers with that shelter from the rain. Sorry to hear about your back giving you problems again , hope it feels better soon. Yep , blueberry pancakes are great medicine (LOL) , good for whatever ails you.

~ Healing Blessings ~

John Gray said...

careful in not hurting your back I am sending you a big hug

Millie said...

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Hopeful said...

hi! new follower here. i found your blog from another blog i follow - Desert Canyon Living. Anyway... i am happy i found your space! if i can suggest something (you might know, but it doesn't hurt) - it is true the deep litter method shouldn't get too moist due to the respiratory issues of the chickens, but to help control that if you have a problem, put down food grade DE (diatemeteous earth)and this absorbs the moisture. it's been used for years and years! not sure about spelling, ha ha. hope your back is feeling better.