We are working on the large chicken pen area today because we are wanting to try and stop the chicken yard for getting too muddy and try and keep the chicken run as clean as possible. So we decided to try something and that is to put gravel as a bedding in this area of the pen and this will hopefully let the rain water to drain down in the rocks and not cause any mud in the chicken pen. Now as y'all know, we do free range our chickens on 7 1/2 acres of land, so this the only area they are in on our homestead. The chickens still have plenty of room to scratch, eat bugs, dust bathe, and all the other things that chickens love to do. This gravel is really to keep this human high traffic area from getting really muddy. This is where we are constantly walking because this is where all of the feed and waterers are located, not to mention where we gather eggs daily. So keeping this area really clean is very important to us and the health of our poultry.
Cog Hill Farm
We are once again loading up the GQF 1502 forced air large incubator with some more hatching eggs, and this time we are going to attempt to hatch a really rare breed of chicken called Ayam Cemani. They are a very unique chicken where most everything about the chicken is solid black. Their combs, beaks, feet, feathers, even their bones are black...it is a super weird but yet beautiful breed of chickens. Another rare breed of chicken we are going to hatch out are called cream legbars. This breed is known for their gorgeous blue green eggs. All these hatching eggs were given to us by the Isbells from Texas, and we are so thankful for their kindness and generosity!