Chicken Care | Schweiger Ranch
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Chicken Care Policies & Procedures

Roxanne
Peter
Sheila E
Barbara Ann

Care of Chickens:

Note: Winterization prep of Coop:  when temperatures are expected to drop below 50 degrees in the evening, please close the screen and door between the coop and outside run; if temperatures are expected to be near 32 degrees or below, please also close the two windows.

  • Morning Feeding:
    » Fill feed dispenser with chicken feed (stored in the plastic trash can). Note: please make sure lid is secure on storage container when done.
    » Treats of meal worms or cracked corn, (also in the plastic bin) are to be scattered outside in the coop run during nice weather or inside the main coop area.
    » Replace all water buckets with fresh water. Discard old water around trees on the property if possible. A water spigot is located in the goat corral and behind/north of the house.

    • Water dispensers need the red plug inserted inside main bucket before they can be moved to avoid overflow/spilling. See instructions in feed room.
    • Heated water bucket should be plugged in/turned on during winter months, and a block must be placed next to the bucket for the smaller birds to access water inside the bucket.
  • Egg Collection: Please collect eggs using the provided wire basket and place them in the egg cartons inside the wooden cooler/storage container in the south door of the granary. Any cracked eggs should be discarded. Note: eggs must not get wet; if inclement weather, please use a plastic bag to cover the eggs during transport to Granary.
  • Visual appearance / counting of birds:
    » We currently have 1 peacock and 27 hens. Our birds are not allowed outside of the coop/enclosed run area due to previous coyote attacks.  Please help us keep a visual check on them by observing any areas of concern, e.g., bleeding, loss of feathers, etc.. Use Volunteer Check in form for any updates/concerns.  If urgent, please call Tamra at 303-917-5126.
  • Evening Check
    • Collect any additional eggs, overall check of the birds and ensure they have enough water for the evening.  During winter months, please make sure the heated bucket is full and the block is placed against the bucket ensuring access for the smaller birds.
    • Provide additional treats in the outside run or inside the main area of the coop.
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