Every day, we do chores to support our chicken and turkey flocks in the morning and we do chores for them every evening. They need to be let out of buildings. They need food. The need water. They need to be locked back in safely at night. And, of course, we need to collect and clean eggs. If something happens during the day that requires attention with respect to any of our flocks (hens, henlets, broilers (aka nuggets or boyus) and turkeys) we give it to them.
Of course, there are things that have to happen on a semi-regular basis as well. We need to move buildings and fences. We need to add straw to nest boxes and overnight rooms. We repair shelters and deal with any bird that is injured or ill.
In other words, we do spend a fair amount of time dealing with our poultry flocks each year. This is why it sometimes hard for us to recall exactly how we USED to do things with the birds. We get so many repetitions with new things in a short period of time that the "new" thing doesn't seem all that new for long.
But, I use this as my case in point simply because I couldn't remember for sure WHEN we had refurbished that hoop building. We've been dealing with it all Summer (and for nearly as long as the young hens (aka henlets) have been alive on the farm).
Well, ok. We CAN. But, it isn't the solution we would prefer. In fact, we've had a dream of creating a much more portable hen building for a few years now. So, we decided to take this:
Well, that trailer looks pretty different now:
It's been a project that's taken some time. But, once it is done, we think we'll have something that will work well for some time to come.
Ah, chickens! They've never had it so good!