It tried and tried and the clouds went north and the clouds went south, and FINALLY this afternoon it actually RAINED. I had thrown all my bedding from the trampoline inside and found a more or less indoor job… made a meatloaf for supper… posted on Facebook because… RAIN!
.03″ of an inch.
Ah, well. There’s still a good chance for rain tomorrow. A chance for snow above 8500′. And it’s supposed to be COOL.
Guess I’ll take COOL.
It did give me a chance to see that this, a project from a few weeks ago, will actually work…
I’ve had the rain barrel for a couple of years, purchased from the Conservation District. Sometimes, my chickens need extra water: sometimes it’s very hot, or the hose isn’t close, or I’m in a rush. This will help me until freezing weather hits. I had actually planned this to be a shower barrel for my studio, that’s why I painted it black, to absorb heat. I don’t think I will ever follow through with *that* plan, so now it’s a chicken waterer rain barrel!
The other accomplishment today…
This row I spaced them out so they aren’t touching. You can see how the top row catches some chicken poo back when they preferred to try to stand on them instead of the roost. I’m getting six or seven eggs a day now from 16 hens.
The chickens are also banned from free ranging until they learn to use the nest boxes like Good Little Chickens should.
Hopefully, they’ll like their new buckets!