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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Animal Care.

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.



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Permies Chicken Forum




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)
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Here we are in the Coopenheimer the Pallet Barn. This is where the ducks, chickens and guineas sleep.

Below are the picture of the safety checks.
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Clean Water
Clean Water
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Low Food
Low Food
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Dirty Nest
Dirty Nest
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Clean
Clean
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Dirty Water
Dirty Water
 
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Hi Justyn, looks like your photos didn't load.  Here's a link to a guide on posting photos:  How to post an image on permies.com
 
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the photos loaded on my computer, did you re-check it Mike?

Mike Haasl wrote:Hi Justyn, looks like your photos didn't load.  Here's a link to a guide on posting photos:  How to post an image on permies.com

 
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Yes, now I think I see all of them.  Looks like Justyn is missing the pictures for the Safety/Wellness issue.
 
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Here is my submission

showing the food i am going to give them, along with the oyster shell in the green container


Showing water before


After. It was cleaned with baking soda/vinegar and elbow grease. I added apple cider vinegar to the fresh water.


Feeder before lots of dusty stuff on bottom


Feeder adequately full and clean for 6 chickens


Oyster shell before


Oyster shell after


Checking the safety of chicken tractor. I did not find any nails or protruding stuff. All of the bottom parts were fully touching the ground, and the rabbit wire was firmly attached.


Nest box check

nest box check


Inspecting egg, egg looks strong and healthy. These birds are 4 years old so somewhat odd shaped.


I noticed during my safety check that this part was not securely attached. I was thinking racoons could try and get in.


Fixed issue, cedar strip which was screwed in from underneath.

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Here my submission.
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Empty feed and dirty water
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Cleaning and filling water
Cleaning and filling water
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Feed with marigold flowers and oyster shells.
Feed with marigold flowers and oyster shells.
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Clean water and full feed
Clean water and full feed
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Every couple days I switch out the matts in the rollaway nesting box and add a little straw to the duck nesting boxes.
Every couple days I switch out the matts in the rollaway nesting box and add a little straw to the duck nesting boxes.
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Eggs are loooking.good
Eggs are loooking.good
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I just moved this pool further from the coop entry. The ducks were bringing the mess in the coop.
I just moved this pool further from the coop entry. The ducks were bringing the mess in the coop.
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The only safety issue I saw was a little erosin starting g to happen on the downhill side of the coop. I'll need to deal with this in the near future.
The only safety issue I saw was a little erosin starting g to happen on the downhill side of the coop. I
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Note: Sorry, the safety concern needs to be resolved before this can be certified

 
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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.
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Note: Thanks! I thought you were talking about the eroded puddle by the hen at first

 
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Here's hoping my quail qualify ;) Note: This is on a 3rd floor balcony in Barcelona. Safety concerns like anti-raccooon/fox/dogs, etc. Not needed. Thanks.
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Water is low, food solo is ok
Water is low, food solo is ok
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Dust bath has sand, egg check
Dust bath has sand, egg check
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Safety check - Additional metal latches)
Safety check - Additional metal latches)
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Note: Everything is good except you need before and after pictures of the water, food and nest boxes (or egg placement locations)

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Mike Haasl approved this submission.

 
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Aha. How's this?

Thanks, will edit OP next time.
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Full feeder, new water, water cups cleaned
Full feeder, new water, water cups cleaned
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Eggs collected
Eggs collected
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