Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Moving day



The six Red Rock Cross pullets, now about 2 months old, have made the move to Big Chicken Land, otherwise known as Chicken Coop #2. We finished leveling the building and stabilizing the foundation as much as we were prepared to (it's just a chicken coop, after all), Kim laid a new plywood floor inside and made a chicken door into the chicken yard, and we joined the fencing of the yard to the walls of the coop, to make it secure for the new residents.

Then we introduced the teenage pullets to their new home - how exciting!

At least we thought so. The pullets themselves weren't sure what to make of it all. To a chicken everything new is something to be cautious about, and it took them some convincing that the chicken door wasn't a gateway to somewhere horrible.



There is still work to be done: Kim wants to build a new gate into the pullets' part of the chicken yard, a new human-sized door for the coop with a window that opens, and some additional ventilation holes. And the coop itself is a blank slate inside - the pullets are making do with a movable roost, and Kim wants proper roosting and nest box space, plus a separate enclosure to increase chicken arrangement flexibility.

When I made my first tentative gardening steps and wondered how much work it would take until the garden was done, a more experienced gardener friend laughed (a bit hysterically) and assured me no garden was ever done. I'm thinking the same must be true for chickens. . .

4 comments:

Doc said...

My lot is always a bit untrusting as well. I had to toss treats in and even then it took quite a while before one would venture forth.

Rae said...

Definitely distrustful, and occasionally a little stupid. It took our second batch of chicks two weeks before they would all go to bed at dusk. Half of them would huddle right outside the coop door, refusing to go inside. Many nights of grumbling (stupid chickens) in the dark, picking up chickens and putting them to bed. :)

Paula said...

I think, and I'm an untried chicken parent, that when you move chickens, you're supposed to do it at night so that they wake up in their new abode. Supposedly it make them more at home and they take to it faster...

A Brit in Tennessee said...

Aww, look at them cautiously peeking, who knows what they were thinking.
~Jo

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