I got my chickens! Six New Hampshire Reds, 8 weeks old. I found a local place to get them so didn't have to worry about shipping day-old chicks in late June heat. Nor did I have to worry about driving over an hour with chickens in the back of the car. They really jump against that box top!
|Cooper is already way too interested
We set up the playpen and covered it with the Army woobie for shade. Placed a pan for food and the water jug in there then got to work putting up some fencing around the coop.
|So curious as to what these are
|The cat is also intensely interested
|Loving the sunshine
1. They startle and run around for absolutely no reason
2. They flop over and sun their bellies
3. They like it when I'm in the pen - they'll hide under the coop if left alone, but come out and explore if I'm in there.
4. I think I've got two males - they are already posturing and chest bumping
5. Their sense of balance is awful. They kept rolling over when they tried to lay down in the sun. Not on purpose. They'd show their belly, stretch out a leg, and then Whoops! over they'd go, flapping and panicking to get upright.
Cooper is proving to be problematic. We knew she'd be interested - after all, she's an excellent hunter and takes care of pests like chipmunks and rabbits. But we thought she'd calm down after we made it clear the chickens were ours. Nope. She went right through the bird fencing. Fortunately we've trained "leave it" extensively and she backed right off. But if we hadn't been there it would have been ugly.
|A calm moment
In the meantime, we've also begun work on moving the permanent coop. Took a full day to disassemble the run portion and move it to the property. Note that we have not reassembled it yet - that will wait until we get the coop in place.
The whole thing is awesome. Very well constructed and since they used screws instead of nails, we didn't have to demo anything to get it apart. We even left the hardware cloth panels on and just rolled the posts together. Whole walls will go up at once. Woo-hoo! We're hoping to move the coop as a unit rather than in pieces but are trying to coordinate all the folks needed to do so. It may turn out to be faster to pull it apart and then reassemble it at the property. Either way, I expect we'll have it soon!
|The new coop and run (pre-move)