Morning Chores (Spring)

Morning Chores

Adult Laying Hens:

All of the laying hens are currently living in the large coop, so in the morning, you just need to open the hatch on the west side of the coop to let them out to the pasture.  The water and food should be full from the previous night’s chores, but double check just to make sure. Check to make sure all of the hens appear healthy and note any concerns on the white board inside the barn. If you believe there is an issue of an emergency nature, please contact Stephen Day.

Chicks:

Once the chicks and turkey poults arrive in late spring, they will be housed in separate coop areas (turkey poults in the red coop, meat chicks in the white coop and layer hen chicks in the “annex” of the large coop). They will need heat lamps for a few weeks, depending on the outside temps. The temperature should be reduced by about 5 degrees per week until they are fully feathered (this is accomplished by raising the heat lamp a little higher). Make sure they have fresh water (add a tsp. of vitamins to the water) and food.

Goats:

While the goats are pregnant, they get 1/2 lb. (one orange scoop) of grain each every morning, along with 1 scoop of minerals and one scoop of probiotics (scoops are in containers).  Let the goats out of their stall one at a time, Marshmallow first and when she is finished, Cookie. After the goats have had their morning grain, they can be led back to the south side of the barn and the west end door opened to give them access to the outdoors.  Place one flake of hay in the pallet hay rack outside in the pasture.  Check to make sure the goats appear healthy and note any concerns on the white board inside the barn. If you believe there is an issue of an emergency nature, please contact Andrea Schmidlin.

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