Camp Acres! Week 7

After returning from Harvard/MIT, I had discovered that one of the chickens died during the storm that knocked out power. They did not have access to water, or light (to feed or clean the coop).  They had to toss it, because the freezer was broken. Which is too bad, because these guys are growing rapidly! The 5 foot cage is not big enough to hold them all properly! There is less than one square foot. Granted, I let them down to scratch and play in the sawdust frequently. The rabbits have over a square foot, but, this also won’t be big enough for the future.

The girls just love the rabbits! I don’t have a scale at camp so I can weigh them (though, I think they will).

These are the rapidly growing rabbits, cleaning his own face and ears.

These are the rapidly growing rabbits, cleaning his own face and ears.

I put down some of the old tables that are extra in the corner of the program building, and the rabbits are observed by the girls while relaxing on the cool concrete (it is HUMID here). They also get to go out grazing in the grass. We will be building them a more permanent enclosure soon, once the portable chicken coop is finished. They get lots of love and exercise!

This is one of the Rhode Island Reds that are rapidly outpacing the battery cage.

This is one of the Rhode Island Reds that are rapidly outpacing the battery cage.

The chicken coop is almost finished, all I need to do is put on a door, and get the hardware to lock it. The CIT 2’s will paint it soon. I am returning to tractor supply to get them a new waterer and larger feeder and sawdust.

The coop will feature an open bottom that is a little under 32 square feet. This will give each bird over 2 square feet of scratching area, and a secure coop to evade night-time predators. More about that in a later post.

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