Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Oh, the mess.
I spent all morning yesterday doing some good clean up work in our mudroom - shuffling brooders, filling bucket after bucket of spent bedding, and caring for all our new feathered babies. We lost one little meat bird chick this morning, who I had tried to nurse back to health, but who I knew was likely going to pass on. The rest are vigorous, and all received a fresh bed of pine shavings, a splash of apple cider vinegar in their water, and a little sprinkling of diatomaceous earth in their topped off food. I also refilled the glass jar of cotton balls I keep by the sink in there, which has become my pasty-butt cleaning station.
After this current cold snap subsides, the pullets' (the ones who started this whole mess!) brooder will be moved to the garage, as we wean them from the heat lamp in preparation for moving them to the barn to join the other laying hens. The ducklings were staying with the meat chicks, but now have their own little box due to the huge wet mess they make (an adorable wet mess, mind you), eliciting plenty of "ay yi yi's" from my little girl whenever we went to check on them. She goes in there to visit often, coming back to report that everyone's "alright."