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I checked the trailer coop and the chicken yard for safety and cleanliness. I added wood ash and fresh hay on top of the dirty pine straw little. I did a full clean out last week. I cleaned the water container and checked the food level which was good. I picked up some trash that had blown into the chicken yard. I made sure that the solars panel was clean and clear of obstruction and that the solar door which is on a timer is working well. I collected and inspected eggs. They were all in great shape. My three hens are a year old and laying about an egg each every day. Notice that their sand bath in the old tire was empty so I added sand to that.
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Coop before
Coop before
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Adding wood ash
Adding wood ash
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Coop after
Coop after
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Trash removed from yard
Trash removed from yard
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Overall chicken set up
Overall chicken set up
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Solar panel
Solar panel
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Solar timer operator door
Solar timer operator door
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Sand bath before
Sand bath before
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Sand bath after
Sand bath after
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Water before
Water before
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Water after
Water after
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Egg inspection
Egg inspection
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Nest box after
Nest box after
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Food check
Food check
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nest box before
nest box before
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Several days of heavy rain have left my quail a bit damp. I cleaned out and refilled the water. The feeder got some gross mush stuck in there and will need some extra care, I set it aside for now and gave them the smaller feeder. Really, they haven't been eating all that much purchased food since I've been introducing them to kitchen scraps and encouraging them to hunt bugs anyway. Dry leaves often contain bugs! I tossed in a few handfuls for them to pick through and to keep their feet out of the soggy woodchips. There was a small dig hole where the soil is loosest. I had a spare bit of hardware cloth that was the perfect size to block that off. Conveniently, one of my hens laid an egg during all of this. She's the first to start laying, just a few days ago. No problems so far!
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dirty feeder and water, damp floor
dirty feeder and water, damp floor
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something's been digging around here
something's been digging around here
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new floor covering
new floor covering
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patched hole
patched hole
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fresh water, clean feeder
fresh water, clean feeder
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egg!
egg!
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- Photos/video of your poultry waterer before and after your check.
this mostly needs attention weekly since 5 gallons lasts 9 chonkins a while

- Photos/video of your poultry feed/feeder before and after your check.
2 5 gallon containers sit outside their fence with their feed. The heavy stone has prevented all the pests.

- Photos/video of your nesting boxes before and after your check.
I only have 1 or 2 girls laying ATM so these only get changed every 2 or 3 days, but they needed fresh nesting material when i went out there. Since i did the scythe sharpening BB, i'm trying to dry and use some of my own grass.

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birds looked great, coop needed some extra bedding so it'll last to the next changing (every 4 days). Had to fix that roosting bar that fell.


I got this coop for free because some lady got a divorce and i made some of my own modifications. Next year I may sell it if i can build the Justin Rhodes chickshaw this winter.
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feed
feed
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looks fine
looks fine
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i always give them a supplement for forage in the week leading up to a paddock shift that is about 22oz/day (9 birds)
i always give them a supplement for forage in the week leading up to a paddock shift that is about 22oz/day (9 birds)
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checking the coop, notice the roost is broken
checking the coop, notice the roost is broken
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bedding is 2 days old, not totally soiled
bedding is 2 days old, not totally soiled
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nesting boxes, 3 eggs and some poop
nesting boxes, 3 eggs and some poop
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i don't know why they don't like this nesting box
i don't know why they don't like this nesting box
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nesting box access with poop
nesting box access with poop
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waterer still has a gallon or two
waterer still has a gallon or two
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before
before
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daily i shake the waterer to just make sure it's not stagnant
daily i shake the waterer to just make sure it's not stagnant
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the girls and Ambrosio eating, forgive the lack of green on the ground, they're moving paddocks this week.
the girls and Ambrosio eating, forgive the lack of green on the ground, they're moving paddocks this week.
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fence looks fine
fence looks fine
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added some extra bedding but it doesn't need to be changed yet.
added some extra bedding but it doesn't need to be changed yet.
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fresh nesting material
fresh nesting material
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fresh nesting material on the other side
fresh nesting material on the other side
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fixed the roost
fixed the roost
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Thanks Henry for letting me use your quail for my evil plans! You’re the best.  (No quail were harmed in the making of this slideshow).

I forget if there's a way to get the images to go into the text of the document, but when I cut and pasted it they all disappeared so I re-attached them below in the order they go in the document, and labeled.  If it's unclear, I'll figure it out and resubmit.

Photos/video of your poultry waterer before and after your check.
Before: ice  
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- Photos/video of your poultry feed/feeder before and after your check.

Before: , snow; and, underneath the inner container but above the outside, lower bowl, some mash had built up: so you need to take the two pieces apart in order to do a deep clean.  (I wouldn't require this for my own criteria, but being extra thorough.)  
 



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- Photos/video of your nesting boxes before and after your check.

They don't have nesting boxes really, though they like the little box that may be visible in some photos.  It already had adequate shavings in it.  Instead the daily check they need is their dust bath (poop out; usually I’d just be able to scrape and cover but for the badge bit it’s a deep clean;then  fresh, dry dirt in)

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AFTER:


- Photos/video of your coop before and after a safety/wellness check was performed/issue was addressed ( please provide a written description of what you checked as well)

Before:  sharp bits on edge of hardware cloth on bottom and side–possible pricking hazard, though it has never been a problem (only blood they’ve ever shed was from a male pecking another male);

After: hardware cloth folded (simple solutions are sometimes the best

Before: under-fire dirt floor a bit full (it’s hard to see, but it was about 3-4” thick in places with dirt, poop, and shavings)


After: emptied it and added fresh wood shavings and dirt (suburban situation, they need to be hidden on the owner's porch)  You’re welcome, Henry.  Or should I call you Tom Sawyer??


I think I see a nematode.


For illustration that there are actual quait, here are the quail in their regular unnatural habitat again after being transferred from their winter home to their summer house in the posh district (yes, they’re hiding as close to the snow as possible, no I don’t know why they do that):




Thanks Ashley C for giving feedback before I posted and thanks again Henry for letting me visit your quail and feature them in my short photo show, Joshua Animal Wellness Check Badge Bit: the slide show, a new quail .
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Crap, I forgot to mention my badge bit submission is in two parts, I redid some today (with the snow) and that's why there is snow in some pictures and some without.  I realize this might be confusing.
 
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Thanks Robin.

Forgot to mention also that they don't lay in winter, even with lights, if it's too cold.  They're hardy to low temps but stop laying, and their owner just gives them a break during the coldest weeks.  I don't know about chickens but that's how it is with quail.  You could keep them inside longer and force them to lay, but the indoor hutch has much less ventilation and no wire to drop poop below into dirt.  So that's how it is here, and I would imagine other badge bit submissions with quail will be similar.
 
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Justyn Mavis wrote:Here we are in the Coopenheimer the Pallet Barn. This is where the ducks, chickens and guineas sleep.

Below are the picture of the safety checks.



Link to the other post

Well, it seems that it only took me a year to finish this one. Below is the safety check.

What I found is something was trying to dig into the barn, I thought I fixed most of the spots, but someone found one. On the outside I added dirt, and stones, on the inside I added dirt, stones, and hay.



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Hole From inside
Hole From inside
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Hole from Outside
Hole from Outside
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Inside Fixed
Inside Fixed
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Outside Fix
Outside Fix
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Serviced the chicken coop today. Collected some eggs. Cleaned out the bedding and added fresh shavings.  Thoroughly cleaned the waterer and feeder.  Inspected for pokey bits and other safety issues and didn’t find any because I handled this months ago.  
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Dirty waterer
Dirty waterer
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Dirty feeder clumped with damp feed
Dirty feeder clumped with damp feed
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Eggs! In dirty nest box
Eggs! In dirty nest box
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Dirty bedding
Dirty bedding
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Safe!
Safe!
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Fresh shavings in nest box
Fresh shavings in nest box
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Fresh shavings in roost
Fresh shavings in roost
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Closeup of dirty waterer
Closeup of dirty waterer
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Cleaning waterer
Cleaning waterer
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Clean!
Clean!
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Clean feeder drying and sanitizing in the sun
Clean feeder drying and sanitizing in the sun
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Back in action
Back in action
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A day in the life of my suburban hens: Wyandottes, Welsummers, Prairie Bluebell, Olive Egger & Starlite.

These spoiled ladies get soaked grains 2x/day. Mix is whole oats, wheat, peas & sometimes barley, with flax seed and sunflower seed toppers. A little kelp in winter. Garlic & ACV in one of their waterers. They forage in the backyard whenever they can if they don't see our border collie, who will herd them back into their paddock area.  It doesn't take much time to do the daily checks.

Morning: Let free and feed breakfast. Check waterers.  Clean roost area. Check dry food hanger.

Evening: Feed again. Gather eggs, check nest boxes. Check calcium.  Currently using crushed egg shells, but the winter supply is getting low and may have to be supplemented with oyster shell.

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Waterer Before. They keep knocking this one over.
Waterer Before. They keep knocking this one over.
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Bluebell investigating the clean waterer.
Bluebell investigating the clean waterer.
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Dry food bucket is in need of a little cleaning and refilling.
Dry food bucket is in need of a little cleaning and refilling.
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Clean and filled with the same mix that I usually soak.
Clean and filled with the same mix that I usually soak.
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Happy for anything new.
Happy for anything new.
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Calcium feeder (yes, it's an old chick feeder on a mason jar.)
Calcium feeder (yes, it's an old chick feeder on a mason jar.)
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"Full". I'm completely running out of eggshells! That was my last jar.
"Full". I'm completely running out of eggshells! That was my last jar.
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Close up of roost area in need of cleaning.
Close up of roost area in need of cleaning.
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Happy roosts. You can't see it, but there are 3 staggered ladder type of roosts in there.
Happy roosts. You can't see it, but there are 3 staggered ladder type of roosts in there.
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Eggs. Good day with 5 eggs. Must be almost spring.
Eggs. Good day with 5 eggs. Must be almost spring.
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Tidied nest box. I leave the golf balls and the fake egg in there.
Tidied nest box. I leave the golf balls and the fake egg in there.
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Soaked food. I soak a day's worth in 1/2 gallon mason jars for a few days. Sort of a small-scale version of Justin Rhodes's recipe.
Soaked food. I soak a day's worth in 1/2 gallon mason jars for a few days. Sort of a small-scale version of Justin Rhodes's recipe.
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Chickens gathering around the soaked food. Enjoying dinner!
Chickens gathering around the soaked food. Enjoying dinner!
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