Big Rain Coming

There’s a bit of relief from drought coming. There’s a big rain coming and it’s forecast to bring upwards of four inches between this evening and Thursday night. I hope it’s a long, slow, steady rain rather than on and off deluges but that isn’t likely. I’m not sure how much rain we need to bring us out of the moderate drought.

The meat chickens and pullets are still in the chicken tractor. I booted them out early to be sure they get as much exercise as possible before being closed up for two days, and dragged the tractor up the gradual slope to the high spot in the field. The ends of the tarps are tucked under and inside to help keep them down in case of high winds. Once they were closed up tonight I banked the sides with boards for more security.

big rain comingThe ducks’ water troughs and kiddie pool have been scrubbed clean and set under the eaves of the hen house. They’ll be filled with rain water by morning if the forecast is right. I’ll dump the water at the end of the day tomorrow and let rain refill them. Every drop we’re not taking out of the well right now is a bonus.

big rain coming, chicken tractor, pullets, laying hensPullets

(That rooster in middle isn’t dead, he’s trying to have a dust bath.) The pullets are starting to leave the meat bird pen and mingle on the outskirts of the Silkie flock. One of the Barred Rocks is a testy little thing. She’ll chase the Silkies if they try to get into meat pen but ten minutes later she’s tagging along behind them. I’ve been thinking about how to move the pullets into the hen house without creating a lot of hate and discontent. The Silkie roosters are going to fight over the pullets, a few of the hens will pick on them, and hopefully the pullets will be large enough to hold their own. I’ll start the move after the rain stops by closing the pullets in the hen house during the day. They can get comfortable being there before they have to learn to live with eight ducks.

There isn’t a lot to do to get ready for this storm. We know we’ll have high winds, a lot of rain, might lose power – all the usual things that go with a storm. It’s a good trade off for water we desperately need.