In this badge you will be performing a routine inspection of your fowl's food, water, egg quality, and overall habitat.
Step 1: Check Their Water Source
- Rinse out the basin/nipples for their waterer. If there is signs of build up/grossness wash out the waterer with your choice of cleaner.
- Check to make sure your fowl's water source is full/ample.
- Visual inspection of their water quality; looking for signs of rusting, inappropriate algal growth, and other gick. If found address the problem.
Step 2: Check Their Food Source
- Check that their feeder is full. (If forage feed only, describe how you check they are getting ample feed.)
- Check feed stock for mold, unwanted moisture, or sign of rodents/pests.
Step 3: Check for Eggs
- Collect eggs from nesting boxes.
- If there are any broken eggs/dirty nesting boxes, clean the nesting box and change over the nesting material.
- Visual check of egg quality (Looking for signs of thin shells, warped shells, shell discolouration, rubbery shells, no shell, ect.)
Step 4: Safety/Wellness Check
- Inspect coop (if present) for quality of bedding. If poor, change over/add additional bedding/address the problem.
- Inspect coop for sharp objects & over head hazards (protruding nails, staples, loose chicken wire, unaffixed heavy objects, ect). Address any problems identified.
- Inspect coop and surrounding area for signs of predators (dig marks, holes in fencing, scat, ect). Address any problems identified.
To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
- Complete and document a routine daily check for your fowl.
To document the completion of the BB, provide the photos or video (<2 min) of the following:
- Photos/video of your poultry waterer before and after your check.
- Photos/video of your poultry feed/feeder before and after your check.
- Photos/video of your nesting boxes before and after your check.
- 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)
My apologies, I'm not sure what I was thinking not addressing the safety issue that i pointed out. Also i was having internet issues this morning and it appears that somehow I posted all my pictures twice.
I cut down a small tree to use to retain the area that I backfilled. I try to keep any walls or steps as short as possible for the ducks. In the spring I'll spread borage seed , transplant oregano and rosemary here and put up a fence to keep the birds out.
when in doubt f@%k it, when not in doubt get in doubt ... in the meantime, plant your seeds.