I have plenty of ag chores this fine morning. There’s blue sky and bright sunshine in Ahualoa. We’ve been getting days of overcast, wet, rainy days. I prefer the drier weather and I think the adult hens do, too.
- DA BABY CHORES: remove the paper towel litter & replace with newspaper litter
- scrub out both 1-gallon waterers, add 1 TBS organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar (ACV) per gallon
- scrub red trough feeder, air-dry
- fill galvanized metal feeder, give to chicks under brooder
- DA BIG HEN CHORES: fill 2 quarts of dry lay rations for the adult hens
- scrub two 5-gal. dirty feed buckets, air dry
- scrub one 30-lbs. metal tube feeder, air dry
- bring down 5-gal. bucket of Diatomaceous Earth (food grade DE) to hen house
I reclaimed various materials from different locations to build the “Baby Chick Condo 2009.” Building the brooder pen took me about 3 hours over the course of a weekend.
- black shade cloth to cover dirt floor (around the homestead)
- two-ply cardboard box from a color laser printer (my ex-office)
- one-ply cardboard boxes (Costco)
- Gorilla brand duct tape, twine (Jim’s toolbox)
- clear packing tape (my craft tool box)
- four fence posts (from Hillery’s homestead)
- paper litter (old newspaper from library, old paper feed sacks)
- twine (our homestead)
- clothespins (our laundry line)
Materials that I purchased
- red plastic trough feeder
- two 1-gal waterers
- green shade cloth (6′ x 6′)
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