First off thanks for all the comments on my last post. I love comments. It shows folks care about what I babble on about. While the seedlings grow upstairs with relatively little aid from me, I turned my attention to CHICKENS! Yes, they arrive tomorrow whether I'm ready or not. And no, you haven't missed all the posts about me building my chicken coop with my brother and father-in-law, because there haven't been any. Our coops are not started, let alone done. The good news is that we won't NEED them for a few months, but life is going to become a bit more chicken crazy until then, so taking time out to build two coops is not as easy as it sounds... hehe. But as my brother said, everyone he's read about had grand plans to build their coop before they got chicks, but didn't, and they turned out ok.
The main reason we haven't built coops has been the weather. It's rained off and on every day for the last month, making it tough to work outside. That and I tried to get my brother to work over here but he must not have liked that idea because he's never mentioned it again. Oh, well. It'll get done, especially as the weather improves.
For now, I've got more important things to worry about. The chicks need a home. I've been accumulating supplies over time and now believe I have everything I need for the first month or so. Last night I set it all up for a dry run. Since the chicks need to be kept at 95 degrees for the first week, I wanted to make sure I had the light hanging at the right height to give me 95 degrees on the floor of the brooder box. A few adjustments and a few hours later and presto!
I liked the water dish that hooks up to a mason jar. It's not like we don't have THOSE lying around, and they go through the dish washer well. I had planned on getting the metal feeder that did the same thing, but after talking to the folks at the Bothell Feed Store, the small feeder wouldn't be enough for when they get bigger, so I got the 18 inch tray feeder. It's a bit overkill for the brooder box, but for now I'm pinching pennies so it'll work for their entire lives. Oh, and did you notice the direct access to water there in the spare bathroom? Quite handy. Hehe. Now here's my brooder box looking down.
Until then, enjoy your garden!