The temperature is swinging wildly – from flurries just a few days ago to 95 today. It has my golden girls totally confused! They haven’t been laying as consistently as they did through the winter. Perhaps a mixture of spring fever and winter blues.
I thoroughly checked for mites this weekend - vents and all – as an external parasite can cause stress. Clear as can be, thankfully. I pondered what else I could do to make them happy…
I knew I could let them out of the run more often. But after letting them freely roam the yard on a few occasions, I was convinced they are a bit too fearless for that. They wander far into the woods. I always follow them, like a shepherd herding sheep – but I do have better things to do than meander around in the woods with the chickens.
So I created a “yard” for the girls. Its made of some old plastic fencing and the stakes we used to demonstrate to the snow plow drivers where not to plow along the property line. It’s certainly not fancy, but I’m pretty sure I’m the only one that noticed. Chickee did get a little excited when she saw me digging nearby – she flopped over the top of the fence in an eager quest to find a worm. Beyond that, it has been a fabulous solution. Everyone is getting out to stretch their legs, eat some bugs, and scratch in the grass. Brownie is happily contained in the same space. Perhaps she forgot that she can fly!
Because I am smarter than a fox – I still only let them out when we are in the yard. No sense in fencing them in to make it easier for a predator to capture!
The new coop is complete!! We are just waiting for the lumber company to find time in their very busy schedule to deliver it. When that’s in place, I plan on running some fencing between the two coops. I’m just a month away from baby chick delivery!