This is one of my roosters, “Wingnut”. He is an Arucauna. We have about 29 chickens total.
They say it takes 21 days to break a bad habit and learn a new one.
We moved the chicken house out of the wood shed and into the yard. We needed to clean out all the straw that was added over the winter. We also wanted to use the chicken house to kill grass in the garden, so we didn’t have to turn it over by hand.
Well, the first day, they all went into the wood shed and tried to find the roosts. They climbed into the nesting boxes and wandered around. Are they over here? Nope, How about over there? Nope. Maybe Over there. Nope…
We had to carry them, one by one, to the chicken house and put them on the roosts.
The second night we closed the door to the wood shed. We had to carry out a few hens and chase out the others. They still couldn’t figure out where to go.
Again we carried the hens.
The third night, it was raining and they all tried to get as close as possible to the door, but couldn’t figure out how to get in.
My wife and I were beginning to wonder how many nights it was going to take.
The forth night, while it was still light enough, I carried the roosters in and the hens followed.
By the fith night, they figured it out.
So, it takes humans 21 days to break an old habbit and learn a new one, the chickens only took 5. Which is smarter?
Whether you celebrate Easter or Ostara, this is the time of year for eggs. Our hens have been working overtime to keep up. We have 26 hens and get about 16 to 18 eggs per day (over the winter, they only produced 6 to 8). This basket is one days worth.
We have 4 araucana, 3 barred rock, 1 comet and 2 mixed breed. The rest are buff orpington. The araucana produce blue to blue-breen eggs, the mixed breed hens produce blue-gray eggs and rest produce various shades of brown. You can see from the basket that there is quite a bit of variety.
When we fenced in the chickens, we used 4 foot tall poultry fence. It didn’t take the chickens long to discover that they could fly over.
To solve that problem, we cut 3/4 inch boards and connected them to the metal fence posts with zip ties and attached 7 foot tall deer fence with more zip ties.
This is a cheap solution that was easy to install, but it doesn’t over winter very well. When the snow is the heavy wet stuff, it tends to bring the deer fence down.
Here are some photos of this years repairs.