We added a gate that I made from a window that's been layin around the yard that I got for free. I still have to paint the posts and put the finishing pieces on to complete it. But because we used recycled wood and wire I already had, it only cost $6 for hardware.
This is Pepper Pots. She is my lead hen and definitely rules the roost. She's curious and doesnt leave my side when I'm out in the yard.
My 4 year old is a farmer at heart. She wakes up at the crack of dawn, lets the girls out of their coop, gathers the eggs from the nest and feeds them. I think it's safe to say this is her first chore, and she chose to do it.
1. Do chickens poop a lot?.....Oh yes. There is a LOT of chicken ish. If they ish in the lawn, I spray it down with water so it breaks up. There's a lot of ish.
2. What do they eat?.....We are lucky to live within walking distance from a feed store that has quality grain feed. That's their staple. On colder days we'll throw in "scratch" which is just corn pieces to warm up their bodies. It's just a treat. I also started mealworms since they are high in protein, again, in moderation. Otherwise they roam the yard looking for bugs, grass, scratching the ground. If you ever find crane fly larvae, it's like a delicatessen to them. And of course, table scraps. ( cooked rice, oats, bread, watermelon, lettuce, spinach, blackberries etc)
3. How many eggs do you get?....We have 3 hens and are getting 3 per day. Browns and Pinks and Cream colored eggs and they're big!