We have been waiting patiently for 21- 1/2 weeks. I peaked in the coop and today after church and guess what, there was a perfect little egg, finally! It wasn’t in the next box, but was in the pine shavings on the coop floor. I have golf balls in the next boxes, but may need to put some wooden eggs in there to better encourage the girls in.
Friday evening, my son and I put grass back in the small patch by our planter. A few years ago I had pulled out the grass and turned this area into a garden. With the aquaponics garden coming, we decided to put grass back in. The chickens sure seem to love it. They spend a good deal of the day picking through it, eating the blades and looking for anything else they can find in the mix.
Last month, I switched the feed from the organic crumble sold at the feed store to a whole mix of bulk items from Winco. To me, it just looks like real food in contrast to the bag food I was getting, even if it was organic. The new mix seems to last significantly longer and cost much less – always a good thing!
Some of the things I put in the mix:
- Hard red wheat
- Split green peas
- Black sun flower seeds (BOS)
- Oat grouts
- Sesame seeds
- Barley peals
- Cracked corn
- Nutritional yeast
- Oyster shells
I got this idea from a great blog post by Garden Betty – Garden Betty’s Homemade Whole Grain Chicken Feed