Nettie is due to kid in just five weeks. And the "little" chickens are still roosting in the kidding pen!
Well, it's my fault that they are still roosting in there as I've never trained them to go into the "Big Girl" coop yet. We haven't had a light in the goat / chicken barn since last kidding season so the new chickens have had no incentive to move into the bigger coop.
I've been meaning to buy one of those solar panel kits from Harbor Freight, but haven't yet. Maybe later today. Right now, if I want light in the chicken coop / goat shed I have to run a loooooonnnng extension cord from the garage, across the driveway, through the garden, up a pole to "above-goat-chewing" height and then into the shed. Either way, I'm going to have to get light in there for the impending kidding as well as to get the chickens out of the kidding pen so it can be used for kiddings!
Winter has finally reared it's ugly head. Yesterday was really cold (ok, not really, really cold, but I like to complain) and windy and I was outside at least four times to skim ice off the water buckets. This was after chipping chunks out of the buckets first thing in the morning. The goats have free choice hay all day and get grain at night, but I also gave them alfalfa pellets mid-morning hoping it would help them keep warm.
The rooster seems to be doing a bit better. When I was out there this morning to fill up his water dish and fed him a mash of warm milk and chicken feed, he came right up to the feed bowl and chowed down. I haven't put a hen in with him yet, but think I will tonight if I remember to grab one when I'm closing everybody up for the night.
PS - I'm still having trouble with commenting; I can comment on your blogs, but not my own. Anyone got a fix they'd like to share?