Raising Chickens Isn’t Easy!

Seeing Miss Hattie and Sally out running around without Roscoe just isn’t right!

Sally has been out of the coop/run for several weeks because she was pecking the other chickens.  I made her sleep outside too and she was sleeping on top of the little covered walkway that goes from the coop to the run.  Since Roscoe’s demise, I figured it was no longer safe for Sally to be sleeping up there in the open.  Miss Hattie lets herself out every morning and every evening before the chickens go into the coop, I put Miss Hattie back in the pen so the chickens are used to having her in there.  Monday afternoon when I put Sally back into the run, the chickens attacked her.  They were brutal.  I took her out and waited til almost dark when they were all on the roost and put her back in.  I heard a bit of commotion in the coop but left her in there.  Yesterday morning Sally was quite happy to be let out of the run.

Last night, Vince and I rigged up the little box he had made for my seedlings.  You can barely see it here because . . the good pictures are on the memory stick from that camera that I can’t read.

Sally’s Sleeping Quarters

Can you see her in there?  She was not happy!  I told her she had choices . . (1) Get eaten by a critter, (2) Get attached by 11 witchy hens, or (3) Sleep in a nice screened chicken porch!  She really didn’t have a choice.  We put her in there, closed the lid, latched the lid and put rocks on top of the lid.

Yesterday it was 80º outside so we let the baby chicks out and let them run around with the moms and dad inside the run.  They are so cute but when it was time to put them up, they were so tired, they couldn’t even hop up the step to get back into the coop so Vince had to pick them all up and put them in the coop.

Baby Silkies

They’re so cute and so fast, when they aren’t exhausted.  Who would have thought that two solid white chickens would have babies this color?  I could sit all day and watch them.

It’s a good thing we like our chickens a lot because trying to keep them happy and safe isn’t always easy.



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    diana says

    Oh my! They are soooo cute! Last week they just looked like the standard littlr chicks, now they are looking like little minature chickens….. with attitude! I wouldn’t get anything done because I’d want to watch thm all the time!