First day back in the coop it seemed the chicken chores were taking longer. At first I thought I was just out of coop-cleaning practice after a week away from the girls, but by yesterday I realized the change was not just perceptual, but quantifiable: there is a LOT more chicken poo than there was a few weeks ago.
Yes, perhaps they are still growing, at least in Amelia’s case I know that’s true. Brahmas are among the slowest-maturing breeds of chickens. What’s really going on, though, I think, is that the drop in temperature – the nights are now in the low 40’s – is causing them to eat more, and, therefore to produce more, um, fertilizer.
A few more chicken yard changes this week: I wanted to soften the contrast between the wall and the fountain, and the CE nixed my idea of a “plant wall”, saying it was too complicated. I think these espalliered camellias are a good substitute:
And Chris has started building the bench around the tree:
The CE has installed some nice lighting, too, so when summer comes around again, it will be a nice place to be in the evenings.
And – BREAKING NEWS: I just went out to the coop and saw Lily laying in Hope’s nesting spot! Could it be that we’ll get our first Lily egg today?????!!!!