I wanted to catch you up on a few storylines going on here.
The good news is that, what with the extra shade and the addition of pond salt, The Beast is fully recovered from her bout with sunburn.
The thermometer is registering temperatures above 90º F and it’s been humid, but I don’t need to look at a weather gauge to know that. I just have to observe Phoebe. She’s stretched out on the cool concrete inside of the Little Barn. If you want to see her active, check the cams at nightfall. She’s been letting us know that she needs a hop-around then, and not to ask her to come inside until it’s fully dark.
The new feeder trial has ended. The hens finally got over their fear of it and stepped on the platform. So, I adjusted it for the next step – slight movement while they step on the lever. That totally freaked them out, and they have remained freaked out for two days.
The hens crane their necks to grab a few pellets, but they’re not eating like they should. This is a group of eleven, three-year old hens. They’re laying six to eight eggs daily. The shells are thin because they’re old hens. They absolutely have to eat in order to make the eggs and stay healthy. I took away the lever feeder and returned their old hanging one. They rushed to get breakfast.
I guess that you can’t teach an old hen new tricks. I’ll hold onto that feeder, though. I do think that it’s a good idea, and I’d still like to be able to use it to keep the sparrows out of the chicken pellets. I’ll just have to wait until I get a new batch of chickens (which shouldn’t be for a couple of years yet!)
Lastly, Scooter has been working hard. My oldest son is home from college and recovering after a demanding semester. Scooter is helping.