Life on the farm is full of variety! This summer, as an intern, I learned quickly that each new day is an adventure. Being the spontaneous type myself, this was something that brought a smile to my face. However, there are some things that are pretty routine around here… chores probably being the most prominent. Here, at Polyface, we do chores twice a day. First, we do them right away in the morning with the sunrise, and, second, around four o’clock in the afternoon. If you would, join me the next four weeks to follow me in some of my daily endeavors here on the farm!
Introducing… hoop houses 3 and 4! These are the two hoop houses that I “take care of” in the morning. To start, we’ll take a look inside hoop 3 and meet the pullets! What is a pullet you might ask? Simply put, pullet is a young hen. Here in hoop 3, we have approximately 1,000 Rhode Island Red pullets.
In the morning, I start with making sure the water is up and running in hoop house. When it freezes at night, this can take a little bit more time. Then, I move on to feeding. To start, I pull out four buckets of feed from the feed bin (shown below), and make my way inside. These pullets mainly eat from trough feeders which need to be filled each day. I end up giving them at least six buckets a day. The hens are always very happy to get a fresh breakfast! After feeding and making sure that the chickens have water, I take a lap around the hoop house just to check on everything and make sure everyone is doing well.
It’s been really fun watching the pullets develop from chicks to the nice young ladies that they are today! In fact, about two weeks ago, I was overjoyed when I glanced down at my feet only to see a small egg lying on the ground. It was the first egg from the entire batch of pullets! Since then, we’ve started opening nest boxes so that the little ones can start learning how to lay. Now, we’re getting over a dozen eggs from hoop 3…. this number only to rise exponentially throughout the next couple months!
Stay tuned next week to find out what’s in the rest of hoop 3!