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Hay shortage, chick penthouse, and the funky chicken. | Speedkin

Hay shortage, chick penthouse, and the funky chicken.

Due to the drought, we had to scramble to find hay to find hay for the goats’ winter stash.  Big, round bales would have been easier to find but the small square bales are just so much easier for us to deal with.  Luckily, a friend knew someone with some small-bale alfalfa left so we jumped on it.  Now our back room addition has become our hay barn for 20 bales of alfalfa.

Then a fella who lives down the road from us offered to hay our field, the couple of acres on the other side of the treeline.  It was cornfield for years and we’ve just let it do its own thing since we bought the place so it was all weeds.  Still, it’ll be handy for extra roughage (“weeds” have all sorts of minerals and other goodies in them) as well as free bedding.  71 bales later….  The back room addition is now full as can be and we’ve stacked the rest in the goat shed, figuring we’ll call it “insulation”.  ;-)

After our massive poultry losses this summer and me sick to death of chick cages on my dining room table, Steve built an amazing double-roomed chick penthouse — in the chicken house.  Woot!  We hatched batch after batch of the suckers this summer.  They’d spend their first few days in a huge aquarium — the Chiquarium — and then move out to one side of the penthouse.  Once they’re big enough, the move down to the ground floor of the chicken house and a new batch of chicks moves into the empty side of the Penthouse.  Very nice system!

This year’s hatches gave us some funky looking chickens!  Most of them are pretty good looking.  This one following looks like an owl in person.  We have another that looks sort of like an eagle.  This has been the year of the funky chicken.

5 Responses to “Hay shortage, chick penthouse, and the funky chicken.”

  1. Gail Curry October 7, 2012 at 6:03 pm #

    Love the penthouse designs!

  2. Grandma October 7, 2012 at 6:11 pm #

    So, have you figured out which owl and eagle swooped down to mate your chickens?
    Whoo, Whoo you ask. Ark!
    Furnished penthouse I would imagine. Hope the chicks realize how lucky they are.

  3. Ilene October 7, 2012 at 6:22 pm #

    Wow, I’m so impressed! It looks great! Wonderful job, Steve! You are so lucky to be able to get alfalfa hay. And yes, it’ll be great insulation. I wish we had a field we could grow hay in. I used to know people who would stack bales of hay around the outside of their house each winter just for that very purpose. That funky chicken looks kind of like my Americauna’s. Somebody said they were crossbred with quail but I have no clue if that’s true.

    You know, I was just thinking how much your lives have improved since you left Oklahoma. You’ve done so many new things and made so much progress toward being self-sufficient. I’m so proud of you. Love and Hugs, XOXOXO

  4. Gail Curry October 7, 2012 at 7:00 pm #

    I LOVE the penthouse pens! Way cool!

    • Diane October 14, 2012 at 6:17 pm #

      One of our best ideas ever, if I do say so myself. ;-)

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