Bird Flu

Due to bird flu, everyone who has outdoor birds e.g. hens, ducks and geese need to keep them in or put them in their run as long as it has a cover for a month/21 days, but to make sure I would keep them in for 28 days. The main way they could get the flue is by poo/faeces but there are other ways as well.

Hopefully if you have any birds they are going to be ok (they should ok be if you follow the instructions but if they do I hope they get better)

More information from the Government is on their website.

Eggciting!

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Fake eggs in our coop.

Yesterday we bought some fake eggs. We put them into the nesting box to teach the hens where to lay the eggs. By the night we bought the fake eggs the chickens had realised what they were, Stripey and Bluebell were sharing a nesting box and because it was so squishy Snowy went in her own nesting box so. At bed time they were all nesting on a plastic egg.

Painting the coop

Yesterday we painted the coop. We painted the roof white and the sides sky blue. We painted the coop to protect the wood and make it last longer. Hopefully the chickens still know that that is their coop. We also let our hens out for the whole day (even while we went for a bike ride) and they were brilliant.

A quick update today – thanks for reading.

Painting the coop

Setting up the coop (The Chicken house)

1. First we put all the pieces on the grass then we built the 4 walls.

The four walls of the coop
The four walls of the coop

2. Then we put the base in, the nesting box and the perches.

The perch and nesting box
The perch and nesting box

3. My brother Charlie, checked the doors were working.

Checking the door works
Checking the door works

4. My dad screwed the roof on.

Putting on the roof
Putting on the roof

5. We put the lid on the nesting box.

The nesting box
The nesting box

6. The chicken coop was finished.

The finished coop
The finished coop

7. Next we made the run. The run is for the chickens to keep safe whilst eating and running.

The coop and run
The coop and run

Now we just need to get some chickens.

We got our coop from http://www.chickencoopsdirect.com/.

We’re getting chickens!

Today (9/8/2016) we got our chicken coop and the run : ). In the chicken coop there is 1 floor and 3 compartments for the chickens to lay eggs. There is a cleaning tray so you can clean out the chickens without having to go inside. The run is movable so it isn’t heavy and hard to move.

Outside there is a bulge which is where the chickens lay there eggs (something that I mentioned before).

We are not getting chicks because they are to hard to look after while we are new with chicks/cockerels/chickens. We are also not getting a cockerel because they are too noisy. As a result of us not getting a cockerel we shall not be getting any chicks – eggs with chickens inside.

We are going to just get female chickens called hens. My mum would like to get black and white chickens. That is what we’re hoping to get. A man said if we come on Sunday we can chose our chickens, but if we find somewhere before Sunday then we are going to get them from that animal/chicken place (only if they have the right type of chicken!).