Well, after the resounding success of the working bee on the 15th we were almost ready for the chickens to move into the garden. The children at the school are studying living things and the 2/3 classes raised 6 Isa Brown from 3 weeks old to investigate of the chickens grew with different diets. We had finished Cobbing and Roofing the chicken coop at the working bee and I worked in the week after to put roosts into the coop and finish the gate off so we could lock them in. We still need to build a laying box that can be accessed from the outside for the chickens but we have about another 10-12 weeks before the chooks start to lay.
After getting some help to put straw in the pen and going out to buy a feeder and water dispenser, the coop was ready for the chickens to arrive. The classes brought them out at 2pm and the chickens enjoyed their new surrounds and space to run around.
It was a great day and really positive feedback from the kids was evident. Pressed up against the mesh all clambering to see and pet the chickens.
This made the chickens a little confused and they didn’t seem to want to head into the coop. Ms Runyard went into the run to attempt to entice them into, but to no avail.
It was great to get the chickens for the garden. We are setting up food scrap collection bins for each class and the playground so that we can start turning the school food scraps into compost and plant food.