Daily Chicken Responsibilities
- In the morning open coop and add 1 scoop (if needed) of feed pellets to the dispenser (breakfast).
- At the end of the day, clean and refill the duck water bin with fresh water. Clean out automatic watering station located in the far left hand corner of the coop.
- Have student(s) collect fresh eggs. Have the student(s) take the eggs back to the kitchen. Eggs should be gently washed, dried, and stored appropriately. The date should be written on each egg collected, before storing, using only a pencil. No marker or pen. Garden staff can delegate this task to a student, or do it themselves.
Weekly Chicken Responsibilities
- Using appropriate tools (leaf rake, large scoop shovel, hoe, wheel barrel and gloves), scrape and remove chicken manure. These areas include concrete slabs, the top of the feed bins, on the top of any surface where the chickens sit and from inside the roosting house. Scrape out the inside of the roosting house with the hoe. The roosting house has a wooden latch at the bottom that allows the floor to drop out for cleaning purposes. Use the shovel as a dustpan to scoop up the manure piles. Discard the manure into the wheel barrel.
- Rake all loose straw from the ground and discard consolidated piles into the wheel barrel. Take the contents of the wheel barrel and add it to the newest compost pile. Replace the sandy floor area with fresh straw as needed.
- Check the status of the laying boxes. Check for any broken eggs or manure. If any laying boxes are dirty, remove the straw bedding and replace with fresh straw. This task should be ongoing and checked regularly and addressed when needed.
Monthly Chicken Responsibilities
- Check the status of the feed bins (corn and pellets). If bins are 3⁄4 or more empty, remove the remaining feed into a clean bucket or wheel barrel. Bring up a new bag(s) of feed from the lower shed and empty contents into designated bins. Top off with older feed.
- Using a hose, with a high-pressure nozzle. Blast these areas with water to remove any unwanted dirt or crusted over manure.
- Check the coop for any holes in the fencing. If any holes or rips are noticed, new wire mesh (found in the lower shed) can be cut to shape and attached with baling wire for strong repair. This helps keep out unwanted rodents.