Originally Posted by DreamsInPink
I love your chicken swing! I want to do that too, but my run isn't going to be enclosed at the top right away... and I don't want to give them an advantage to try to fly out! hahaha!
I'm so excited to get more done... Bf got a door/gate on the run today.. but he said he has to set another post before he can finish it.. and we don't have an extra post. Ugh.
We spent a good deal of time in the coop tonight... we let the teenagers out of the introduction pen to mingle with the older ones for about 2 hours or so. I didn't go too badly, but they meaties weren't letting them eat.. and the Isa Browns were doing a little bit of 'herding'. But that's about what I expected. I put the teens safely back in the intro pen before we came in. We also changed out the leg bands on all the Isas. They had grown a lot! I just find it fascinating how fast they grow!!! I'm really looking to getting them all in together and then getting the Buff Orpington babies out in the intro pen.
I think I will dread introductions of new birds to the flock when we get to that point. The whole scenario sounds confusing and scary haha. I will want someone to tell me everything I should do second by second for that haha.
Originally Posted by TerryH
That's cool!! I'm going to have to make one of those when I get to building the run.
I feel super proud if you think it is a good idea haha! We had some tree limbs fall during our last big storm with crazy 80 mph winds and this branch piece seemed nicely smooth and the perfect width for a little swing.
Originally Posted by aart
Like that the chains are shorter, the longer ones can turn a swing into a deadly pendulum that all the chickens run away from.
It just so happened that we didnt want to run to the hardware store for another piece of chain and so we cut the one piece we had left into two. I also wanted it sort of shorter in order to not subtract from useable floor space in the run. It's the perfect hopping distance from the ramp.
We are trying to do different things for enrichment for the birds. It's fun seeing what works and what doesn't. Because there was so much shade in the area we built in, there wasnt much green growth after we tilled the soil for building. The first day they were amazed by all the space. But day teo they seemed a bit bored. Day three, throw in some cut grass and a swing and they are crazy birds again haha.
I'll build a run perch and a fresh greens basket out of the fencing we have leftover later. Also added a bottle with holes drilled in it, filled with treats, as a chicken toy. They preferred scratching in the grass though. Gotta love em!