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Chicken Scratch Poultry

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Pullet Pen Improvements

When raising up young pullets it's important to have a warm dry place where they can grow and thrive.  Lately our pens have proved not to be as dry as we needed.  With each rain the young birds would stand in mud for days and that is never a good thing.  With our set up it's not possible to have the birds on a nice grassy area.
We have three grow out pens pictured here, each pen has a pullet box for them to get into at night, as the birds grow they are moved from one pen to the other and as you can see they are a muddy mess.  Well this past week we decided it was time to try and remedy the problem.  We had a few tons of gravel delivered and the work began. For starters, some of the fencing and gates needed to be taken down in order to fit the tractor into the area.

Larry found this handy, dandy, scoop for the tractor last fall on Craig's list.  Sure makes the job easier.  Let the scooping begin.

The tractor just fits through the opening, thank goodness!  The camera operator also happens to be the gravel spreader, along with my side kick Heather.

The gravel is spread, the fencing and gates will be put back into place and let's hope this keeps the birds out of the mud.

The batch of young birds to your right have just been moved from the brooder house,  into a pullet box. They will be kept in the box for three days, then allowed out of the box.  Keeping them in the box for at least three days teaches them that this is home.  After three days, each evening they will automatically get into the safety of the box and we shut the doors.
If your interested in pullets we still have some available for sale, the breeds available are, Olive Egger, Ameraucana, Lavender Orpington, Chocolate Orpington, Black Copper Marans, Blue Copper Marans and Splash Marans.  Check out the website for more details, http://chickenscratchpoultry.com/ drop me an email from the website if you have any questions. Hope to hear from you soon.
Have a wonderful day!

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