Healthy Chickens……

Are my girls healthy?? Are yours??  Good question……..

and the answer?????  I hope so, I think so, they look good to me, they’re acting good, so they’re good.  I hope.  Hummmm.

No, they didn't use it, they did drink from it though

No, they didn’t use the pool, they did drink from it though

Well, I’m assuming for the time being they are, they’re eating, they’re sleeping, they’re laying eggs, their hatching chicks, the roosters are that a word??? well, it is now! and their poop looks normal.  Yeah, their poop.  If you’ve been reading the backyard chicken blogs and Facebook pages like I have, you know its important to keep an eye on what their poop looks like.  If you haven’t been reading much, here’s a couple blogs I read most that you might want to read, Tilly’s Nest  & The Natural Poultry Farming Guide and then whatever I find of interest I pinterest it on my Backyard Chickens Pinterest Board.  Here’s a couple articles you can check out and get some of the scoop on poop:  The Chicken-Chics Scoop on Poop, the Digestive Tract Examined and Tilly’s Nest: Buzz off: Preventing Fly Strike.  I learned more than I wanted to learn, but good stuff to know.

With it being so hot this summer here on the East Coast in Southern New Jersey, its easy to get flies when you have chicken poop around.  So, I know there’s the pennies in the baggie ‘o water trick, that folks say works, but I haven’t tried, but what we did do, we added an osculating fan.  Worked like a charm!  Plus, it does double duty, not only does it keep the flies out, it cools the girls and that’s what its all about.  Keeping the girls cool and comfy.

Speaking of comfy, now that we have 2 farm kittens, they came with little pests of their own, they have/had fleas.  Well, don’t want my girls to get fleas, we’ve not had any problems since we’ve had our flock and don’t want any now.  But since the kitties are hanging out with the flock, which we want them to do, we have to get rid of and PREVENT any future fleas.  Well, today they kittens went to get spayed and while there they treated them for fleas, yes, I know, its a poison, I don’t like it any more than you do, but, I need them dead NOW!  Okay, that aside, on to natural stuff, I’m researching, kittens and cats are ‘allergic’ to citrus, citrus is good for fleas, so no go there, but herbs, herbs are good for a multitude of things including a fresh smelling hen house! Here’s one article that I’ve found by googling: Natural ways to get rid of cat fleas.

I’m all for a fresh smelling hen house, aren’t you??  Anyway, our hen house is dry, which is good, you don’t want a damp hen house, thats bad.  I have an herb garden…..well, I do have some herbs.

If you been following my blog you would know that last years gardening was a bust do to health issues, this year….. not much better.  We did some traveling during the month of June (yes, I’m going to post the photos, you’ll love them) but, May & June are good gardening months for me, not this year….once again….but theres always next year and this year isn’t over yet, better late then never, they say, so do I!  Anyway, if you check out the photos on my I Can’t Believe I’m Doing This blog you’ll get the idea of what I’m trying to say.   I’ll update here so you can compare, and right now, it needs work, I’m a tad behind….again.

Anyway, what I’m trying to say is:  I HAVE HERBS! Herbs are good nesting material and the chickens are suppose to like them and they smell good and they keep away pests.  I was planning on planting mint all around the hen house anyway, because earlier we had a little problem with a couple rats and rats and mice and other things don’t like mint.  In case your wondering, we FINALLY caught the rats in live traps with hotdogs, thats after everything else didn’t work and we’re not putting poison out.  And yes, they are now in rat heaven.

Here are some articles to get you started if your not already:  These too are on my  Backyard Chickens Pinterest Board, and there might be more there, Fresh Eggs Daily – Nesting Box Herbs – Chicken Aromatherapy, The Chicken Chicks – Herbal Pest Control: Spruce the Coop Herbal Fusion, Frugally Sustainable – Herbs for Chicken Health: How to Make an Herbal Feed Supplement for Backyard Chickens and Grit – Nesting Box Herbs – Chicken Aromatherapy.  So,  I went herb cutting in my yard and made a aromatherapy mix for my girls.  As you can see from the photos of my container herb garden, I really don’t have allot to sustain my kitchen and my coop (these photos we’re taken a while back and I do have more herbs than what you see here).  Yes, I’m going shopping.  I will be putting in way more herbs, possibly pulling out some of the other flowers and make my yard more ‘useable/eatable’ and lucky for me, one of our neighbors is farming the field in back of our house and guess what they farm??? Yup, herbs!  So tonight I went a peppermint cutting with their permission of course and cut more herbs here in our yard and the hen house smells real purdy!

So, are your girls healthy?? How does your hen house smell?? Do you have flies?? Any other pests?? What are you doing to control things??  Come on, share, we all need ideas, the more ideas the better.  What works for one, doesn’t always work for others, so the more we share, the more options we have.

Proverbs 27: 23-27 (New International Version)
23 Be sure you know the condition of your flocks,
give careful attention to your herds;
24 for riches do not endure forever,
and a crown is not secure for all generations.
25 When the hay is removed and new growth appears
and the grass from the hills is gathered in,
26 the lambs will provide you with clothing,
and the goats with the price of a field.
27 You will have plenty of goats’ milk to feed your family
and to nourish your female servants.