Silkies at work

Some good news from the chickens: we have another broody silky hen Puffy!

Another silky hen Puffy got broody. She sits on 5 eggs from laying hens. Due date is July 31, 2015

Another silky hen Puffy got broody. She sits on 5 eggs from laying hens. Due date is July 31, 2015

 

Other two silkies are already busy with their adopted chicks. The chicks grow fast, especially Ameraucana Wheaton. I plan to release them into a common coop on July 31 – the same date as new chicks should hatch.

The silky rooster Kevin and one hen -Snowflake are designated to make a breeding couple.

And the last silky hen – Furbie is still at the common coop, laying eggs. She is in good relation with Puffy, so might be she will become a babysitter two.

I made the second mother and chicks cage to host new Ameraucana chicks and their babysitter. All are happy now.

I made the second mother and chicks cage to host new Ameraucana chicks and their babysitter. All are happy now.

 

One more planned improvement to the mobile chicken coop – a rain barrel with an attached chicken water tube with nipples. There is a bag with dolomite limestone hanged from the lid of the barrel to add calcium and other minerals to rain water. Now the system is self sufficient with water.The most difficult problem now is to teach chickens to use water nipples.

The rain barrel with a tube with nipples.

The rain barrel with a tube with nipples.

One curious thing: one hen laid an egg of double size.

An egg of a double size. The weight is 100g!

An egg of a double size. The weight is 100g!