Chicks outside

11/20/2008 at 11:35 am (home)

The chicks are rapidly outgrowing the little box I made them, but they are not quite ready for full-time outside yet either.

But I decided that I’d put them out in the dog kennel today to start getting them used to the great outdoors also since the chicken coop is not quite ready yet.

They are picking it up just fine I believe.

chicksoutsideI’ve spent the past hour or so just outside watching them. They are really neat.

It was kind of funny. The chicks all squawked in protest at being picked up and hauled outside but most of them hopped off my hands when we got outside.

All but one. She squawked and fought the whole way outside, but when we got to the pen and I tried to put her down, she did not want out of my hands! I kept trying to push her off and she’d just as hard back-pedal right back into my hands. It was funny.


1 Comment

  1. Clair Schwan of Frugal Living Freedom said,

    In case you are not aware, chickens will find their way back into their home if they are allowed to find their way out. If you pick up and move chickens, even 20 feet, they may have no idea how to get back to their home, and will hunker down or roost right where they are. You’ll have to move them back to safety.

    This is good to know if you build a shed for them (outside of a fenced area) and expect them to go back in each night – which they will do if given a chance to find their own way out.

    Another tip for chicken raisers – a landing net is a great tool for catching chickens when you need to. We clip wings to keep them from flying over the 6 foot high fencing, and sometimes a landing net is the only approach to round up the girls in short order for the clipping.


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