Sounds of Autumn and Chicken Coops

Summer has given way to Autumn/Fall cooler temperatures and a burst of color. Today has the feel of fall in the air. Cooler weather and the air has the smell of Autumn and a feel of dampness.

Long before first light I could hear the calls of wild geese each carefully following the one ahead as they wing their way south. This is always a sure sign that a cold winter blast is not far away.

Wild sun flowers in pastures and along roads are 4 to 6 feet tall bearing many 3 to 4 inch bright yellow flowers making a cool autumn day feel brighter and warmer.

Gardeners in their hast and busy schedule often fail to truly listen to all the fading sounds of summer and fall as winters cold winds approach. Don’t miss out on this once a year event. Stop look and listen, tune out all the sounds of our modern world and listen to what nature is telling you.

Chicken poop, nothing but poop. Now is a good time to get all that old litter and manure out of your chicken coop/hen house floors, nest boxes and roosting areas. Spread this chicken litter lightly on your garden plot and till it in or pile it on your compost pile. As the weather gets colder and nights get longer your chickens will spend more time in there coop. Now is a good time to sanitize your coop and spray or dust for mite control.

Close your hen house door and cover all windows, look for places you can see light entering your coop. Nail or glue wood trim to cover these holes that will allow the cold winds, rain and snow to enter your coop this winter. Don’t use calk or spray foam, your chickens will peck at and eat calk and spray foam.
Cold weather will send every mouse and rat within 1000 feet to seek winter shelter in and under your chicken coop. Put out mouse/rat bait now. Rat and mouse bait is a poison, insure the bait is in a place that your chickens flock and pets can not gain access to the bait.

Build or buy enough feeders and freeze proof waters dispensers to keep you flock supplied with fresh feed and water. Raise feeders and waters off the floor high enough that your chickens need to reach high to access feed and water. This will help your keep chickens from wasting feed or pooping in their feed and water containers.

Why is common sense so uncommon?
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7 responses to “Sounds of Autumn and Chicken Coops

  1. Thank you for the advice. We just started raising seven chickens in the spring. They are almost 22 weeks old and still no eggs. I suppose it will happen eventually, but even so, it’s a fun hobby so far. We intend to clean out the coop this weekend, so this advice is quite timely for us. How do we dust for mite control? Also, is there such a thing as a freeze proof water dispenser without electricity?

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    • Most chicken breeds start laying between 24 and 26 weeks of age.

      (1) Chicken safe: Spray coop with 2 cups of water with 1 cup of cooking oil and 2 tables spoons dish soap. Shake sprayer often to prevent oil from separating from the water. The oil smothers mites.

      (2) Not so safe: Spray coop with 1/2 gallon water mixed with 2 cups chlorine bleach 2 tablespoons dish soap.
      **Caution: Allow coop to dry well, keeps door and windows open for at least 4 hours to remove chlorine gas from your coop. Chlorine gas will kill your chickens.

      (3) Chicken safe: Keep a pile of wood ashes mixed with diatomaceous earth in one corner of your chicken run. Chickens will dust in the wood ash / diatomaceous earth which will kill mites. I use an old car tire to contain my wood ash pile.

      Sevin dust works well in mite control.

      Sorry but I don’t have any info. on a freeze resistant water container that does not require electric service to operate.

      Good luck and Happy Gardening

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  2. Very good advice about the chicken coop.

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