Friday June 15, 2018 Guerneville CA.
I had to finish waking up so after some coffee I went out to see what we had.
This is what I found in the coop. A box full of 31 chicks. And no I couldn’t count them in this box. They were hard to count when they were out, but I finally realized if I counted the dark ones first I was then able to count the other ones.
I spent some time dipping my finger in water and toughing their beaks with it. The idea is to get them drinking and eating as they’ve never done that before. They’ve been living off their yokes from the eggs.
No rats trapped
I checked the rat trap but it wasn’t set off. I think the rats around here might be well trained to traps so I’ll have to go to plan B more than likely.
Marty shows up with his van
Marty showed up to try and figure out his vans intermittent problem. I had another distributor that I thought we needed to install just to make sure it wasn’t anything to do with that as we haven’t been able to solve this problem yet.
The first break we walked around the yard and ate blueberries and raspberry’s and plums which is what’s ripe right now.
Before he got the distributor out, it was break time again. While discussing things he decided he’d rather take the van back to his house and do the job as there was some wires that were different between the two distributors.
Chicks like being out of the box
About that time my brother Tom came by and said to get the peeps out of the box so I got them out of the box and some went right through my wire and were headed for the open door so we used some of the shipping box cardboard to fence the fence off. I was expecting that as Tom warned me he had problems with them going through chicken wire which was one inch. A couple did get out during the day but couldn’t go anywhere as the door was shut.
Once the chicks where out of the box they became very active and started drinking more water and pecking the food I dropped on the floor. They were eating out of the bowls, but I found when I dropped food on the floor they’d all go after it so it seemed they liked that the best. Anyway they seem to be drinking and eating and all look well so far.
Marty went back to work on his van putting things back together so he could drive it home.
I cut some rebar
It did fit so I brought it back and finished welding it up adding some braces.
Heat for the peeps
When I went to check on the peeps I noticed some of them were standing in the suns rays so I put a light bulb in to generate some heat. It’s not really too cold at night here. They seemed to like the heat from the light bulb.
Only one panel today
That was pretty much my day.