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What to do on a "no wind" day

"No wind" days in Oklahoma are few and far between.  You must make the most of them.  On our farm, there are two choices for me:


new blackberry fence needs paint
 Painting. Yeah! I like painting and there is always something to paint around here.  I mean, have you seen how much white fence we have?  But it just rained and everything is still wet. :(

Or...

Cleaning the chicken coop.  Yuck!  I hate that job but they are my chickens.  Why a "no wind" day for cleaning the coop?  Well, have you ever had chicken poop dust fly in your face?  It's a girly girl's worst nightmare!  So until I invest in a hazmat suit, I will have clean the coop on the "nowind" days, like today.

That mean's everyone out even the little chicks.  They are getting so big!  What better day to discover the wonders of the chicken yard.
 This one's not so sure about it.

Out you go.

Once down the ramp, they happily pecked around.  They especially liked the cracked corn that the pigs spilled through the fence.

Pepperoni even came over to greet them.
"Hey, give me back my corn!"


Comments

  1. LOL that pig and his name is just darling! Good luck with the coop cleaning, not my fav either and the wind blows here all the time too! ;D

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  2. I don't blame you for wanting to clean the coop on a no wind day!

    My 5-year-old and I love your farm animal photos! She wants some chickens, now, too!

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  3. i need to be out spraying the mesquite trees as we have a 'no wind' day here today too in NE Tx finally! but it's also kind of overcast and dewy from yesterday's light rains, so I don't want to risk any run-off so i'll wait.

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  5. Gorgeous garden area that you have. I am new to gardening this year and I enjoyed looking through all of your posts about gardening.

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  6. I thought no-wind days were meant for reading a good book on a blanket outside whilst sipping some cool lemonade... but playing with little chickens sounds pretty nice too. Hope you enjoy your no-wind day :)

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  7. I never thought that much about the wind!

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  8. I hear ya with the white fence...you are totally right...part of it always needs to be painted. Laughing at the chicken coop clean out on the no wind day. That is especially true if you are using DE. xo Caroline

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  9. It's very windy here today, and I know what your talking about, I wear a mask when cleaning out the coop, to keep from breathing all that dust and poop.

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  10. I would vote for horseback riding.

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  11. Hoping Pemberley is in good shape now, clean as a whistle! I am sure the chooks will appreciate all your hard work.

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  12. love it! yes, no wind days are GREAT!!

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  13. Hi Kim!
    Oh I hear you...I clean my coop on 'no-wind' days too. Nothing like a big gust of wind hitting that shovelful of shavings and poop just as you throw it in the wheel barrow! I'm sure we've all heard of 'chicken poop lip balm' but somehow this isn't quite the same and it certainly doesn't have the same affect on the lips! Good luck with your painting too...it will be our turn next when we start on the house. Not looking forward to it but it will be nice once it's done. I hope you got enough rain...we could certainly use more. Have a great week.
    Maura :)

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  14. I enjoy reading your posts, I am a Tulsa girl so I know all about the wind and rain. Good luck with your painting.

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  15. Ahh, the chicks are growing so fast.

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  16. Our chicks are still in the brooder, but we are almost done building the coop. Do you hose it out? Dump all the hay and get fresh hay? How often is all this necessary? We have 10 chicks.

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  17. Hi, love your blog! It's become one of my daily stops! (p.s. Am in love with your coop.)

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  18. Welcome Peggy, Carolyn, & Amy T!
    Jamie, we use a 4-6 inch layer of pine shavings in the bottom of the coop. To clean, I shovel it out with a short handled flat ended shovel. If scraping is required, I use a garden hoe. Then I replace the shavings with fresh ones. This takes about 1 1/2 bags. We made the coop tight to keep predators out so there is no good way to wash it. I guess we could add drain holes, but I haven't seen the need for that yet since it is only a year old.
    I do this about once a month. Enjoy your chicks!

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