- I moved the chicks from the brooder to the coop. Hubby caught them for me, he's a good chicken catcher. I lost one the second day; it had been pecked to death. After that I made the older hens spend the day outside in their run while the young'uns had the coop. On the days since then, I leave the door open at night, and one group or the other then spends the day outside. I feed and water them in both places.
- I put a black landscape-fabric-type cover over the chicken run for shade. I don't know if it will stand up to the wind, but if it does I think it will work really well. One year in the past I used an old comforter which also worked well; this is bigger and gives a lot more shade. Without this, I couldn't leave the hens or the chicks out in the run during the day.
- I washed the old mare's winter blanket, let it dry in the sun and packed it away. (I should have done this a few months ago!)
- We've been cutting hay in the parts of our property where our neighbor's tractor can't go when he bales our hay later in the season. Hubby uses a walk-behind tractor with a sickle blade. When our cut hay is dry enough (about one day in the hot Oklahoma sun), we rake it up and feed it loose to the goats. They are really enjoying all the clover this year; it makes great hay although we've found it doesn't store well for long.
- I've had to accept the fact that Treasure is just fat, not pregnant. I'm disappointed.