A small, diverse permaculture farm (and now, Bakery!) in beautiful SE Minnesota - our dream come true life focused on Local Food, Local Art, Local Music.
Sunday, February 6, 2011
It took a while for the hens to decide they like the 5-gallon bucket nesting boxes I made for them, but now they prefer them to the wooden cubbies. I prefer them too - they are so much easier to clean out.
I was worried that some of the chickens would be too big to maneuver inside the buckets, but even the largest hens seem to have no problems getting in and turning around.
There are six nesting buckets, but for some reason the hens seem to choose just a couple buckets to lay their eggs in, but not the same buckets each day. Most mornings I find 6 or 7 eggs in each of three nesting buckets and three are empty. This despite the fact that often there are hens waiting to use a bucket that is already in use, loudly scolding the hen inside laying and telling her to hurry up, while there is an identical bucket free right beside it. Maybe they like the nest to be warmed up for them.
In September 2008, we dived into our dream of creating a small, sustainable farm. Neither of us has previous farming experience, but we have enthusiasm and many ideas for this little 10-acre farmstead.