Thursday January 31, 2019 Guerneville CA.
One strike was all
I heard a lightening strike this morning early while I was still in bed. Just one sound of thunder and that was it.
When I got it going it was overcast but no rain.
I went outside to feed and water the chickens.
Worked on the nesting box
Today I needed to do some work in the chicken pen. I needed to do some work on the nesting box and egg storage unit on the top as it wasn’t screwed down yet so I did that.
Monitoring the nesting box
Here’s the nesting box and egg storage. They enter the nests from the right. This picture was taken with the camera I have set up in the pen and hooked to my computer. I can set the camera to monitor who goes in the nest and take a picture.
Spring is springing
I let the chickens out into the yard to graze.
Replenishing the dusting box
When I was clearing the trail out there I got some fresh dirt for the chickens dusting box and added some diatomaceous earth to it and mixed it in. The diatomaceous earth is supposed to help in controlling mites.
It amazes me just how much of this dust they can get up into their feathers. When they come out of the box they can be a dust cloud every time they move. A lot of the dust blows away in the breeze as they dust so the dirt has to be added every so often.
Patsy wants to see the cam pictures
In the comments section Patsy wanted to see some of the camera pictures from the remote camera in the pen.
Here’s he camera setup. It’s called a PTZ camera which means it can pan, tilt and zoom controlled from my computer and it can take pictures and videos when it detects motion and records them on my computer for later viewing. I can also hear them and even talk back through the camera if I want.
Night time pictures
At night the camera switches to infrared which is black and white.
Mice and rats
The rats can’t get into the pen as they are too big, but they try.
But he mice can pretty much go where they want.
Mostly a puttering around day
It was a puttering around type of day where I did a bunch of little things and sat around a lot in my chairs watching the chickens interact with each other.