I want to start by saying, I know that our coop with the dirt floor and cardboard over the windows for winter protection is no where near the nicest. Or even the cleanest around, but it's our coop and when it looks good we are so proud! Through our research into why our chickens are attacking each other we learned a few things. Bored chickens attack each other, the two young roosters are terrorists among the flock, a clean coop keeps the birds happy. Chickens get bored when it's cold outside and they stay indoors a lot(by choice, the door is always open).
We added some alfalfa hay bales to the coop today in order to add surface area to the coop, keep the chickens busy with new distractions, and to add new floor cover.
The chickens loved it right away. They went straight to digging and pecking for treasures.
Pierre's nest got some extra straw.
We made some nice holes and hiding spots in between the bales to offer extra living space.
The one in the center there is going to be a major egg laying spot, I just have a feeling.
This is another spot. Nice and roomy.
If you have ever seen a happy chicken, then you know how the flock was acting when we put these hay bales in. They were crazy.
Even this goose was happy
Lots of happy curious chickens
Digging, scratching, and pecking for treasures.
It's amazing what 36 dollars worth of hay can do for the coop. It smells wonderful, the chickens are happy, and hopefully they will stop hurting each other now.
We also had a small memorial service for our chicken with no name. Henry and myself dug a large hole in the back field and laid her to rest. A cat is as good as another shovel around here.
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