It’s Raining in Phoenix!

There’s actually a gray sky and rain is really happening, in Phoenix! What a nice change. It’s been super cool here too, another oddity. The flock is a bit out of sorts however, as much as they would like to look for bugs in the rain, they are all cooped up in the barn. After a bout with mites, and a lengthy treatment I might add, the last thing they need is to be wet. Lucky for them, rain doesn’t linger here, it most likely will be over today… then for possibly months.

The girls seem happy enough in confinement, they have fresh shavings to play in, and of course, special treats in the feeder to keep them busy.

 

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Junk is Not Always Junk

Pouring rain, in the 50’s,  and I have 10 week old Silkie chicks who haven’t figured out their shelter is the comfort zone. I know in time they’ll all march into their raised dog house filled with hay every night to roost, but for now it’s become a manual job for me.

When weather threatens the chicks well being it’s more than a chore, it’s a problem. I couldn’t keep them safe from the elements yesterday, they were wet, and their food source was in the shelter to keep from ruin. Without a door on the shelter there was no way to keep them inside, so I went to the garage and rifled through my stash of junk treasures looking for a solution.

Last year I bought a new stove, I felt foolish removing the oven racks and saving them, but I did it anyway. They could be used to cover a brooder box, or an emergency make- shift door on a kennel, or maybe to repair a fence.. who knows!  Well, wouldn’t you know, my oven rack was a perfect fit over the opening of the coop for the chicks.  Whew! All the girls are toasty warm in their shelter and Mom can relax without worry.

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