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Hiding girls lol

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The girls got to free range yesterday and I think the day before but today they have been hiding under the coop all day since it is snowing. Yes snowing. It snowed yesterday morning too but I slept in and it was melting by then. Very weird weather though as we later had like 2 mini flurries. Like it snowed in the morning, got sunny all afternoon, then twice randomly got flurries and dark for a few seconds or a minute before being sunny again. Weird. LOL

But ANYWAY. Today has been miserable and snowing all day. Especially this afternoon. And because it is April, it's wet, gross snow.

I don't think it's supposed to accumulate very much but it is gross.

Soooo....

I just now decided that I am going to let the girls out anyway. Maybe not the best idea but it's not complete whiteout or anything and I'm sure everything is hiding.

But my theory is that they all barely fit under the coop now since they're so big and their paver stone with feeder is under there so I am hoping that even though they will probably not want to come out or will come out and hide under something in the yard, I am hoping they will be more comfortable. Like they can be more spread out and hide where they want and/or to alleviate the boredom of sitting in the same spot all day. I am hoping it works lol
Kelsey. Massachusetts. Have a 4 year old Black Lab/Great Pyrenees mix named Gator, a 6 year old kitty named Luna, and 8 hens hatched October 26th, 2015. 1 Barred Rock, 2 Black Australorps, 3 Buff Orpingtons, and 2 Easter Eggers on about 3 acres. 5 more chicks coming this October
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Kelsey. Massachusetts. Have a 4 year old Black Lab/Great Pyrenees mix named Gator, a 6 year old kitty named Luna, and 8 hens hatched October 26th, 2015. 1 Barred Rock, 2 Black Australorps, 3 Buff Orpingtons, and 2 Easter Eggers on about 3 acres. 5 more chicks coming this October
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That's funny.  It stopped snowing in my town a long time ago.  We got one big snow, and that was pretty much it.  Is it the muddy, icky kind of snow, or just kind of wet and gross?  It sounds like your chickens like free-ranging!  I think that it would be fine to let them out today, although they might not go very far before they decide to come back!  LOL.

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We've had a really mild winter, only a few really cold days and only snowed a few days, mixed with really warm days so makes sense it's still snowing lol

I don't think it's really muddy but its heavy and wet I think. Though I just went out there and it's coming down reslly slowly and gently and can't really feel it so that's good lol

And i noticed in their run the snow stuck to the netting so their run is now staying dry yet they didn't noticed and were half of them under the coop and half of them in the coop LOL

Let them out and they ran right out and i gave them bread and were running all over but now are staying under a sheet of plywood on top of a pallet. I managed to get a few to start to follow me to their favorite under tree spot but they abandoned me before going under and went back under the plywood LOL 2 followed me though and I pushed back some leaves (which I think is why tongue.png ) and did it some more and uncovered a pretty good sized worm for one of them which she appreciated hahaha

They're all back under the plywood "roof" now though. But at least they are scratching in their limited spot of grass instead of staying still. And they all fit. And there is another overhang, though less, on the other end since it's a big piece of plywood so they're split between both ends.

I'm happy they're happy.

2 or 3 hours ago it was snowing but barely a coating and now it picked up maybe an hour or more ago. Probably more. They were under a long time. But like I mentioned a sec ago, coming down it's fairly light and pretty looking but wet and i think heavy or sticky once it's down. The girls don't seem to mind though despite their act. tongue.png
Kelsey. Massachusetts. Have a 4 year old Black Lab/Great Pyrenees mix named Gator, a 6 year old kitty named Luna, and 8 hens hatched October 26th, 2015. 1 Barred Rock, 2 Black Australorps, 3 Buff Orpingtons, and 2 Easter Eggers on about 3 acres. 5 more chicks coming this October
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Kelsey. Massachusetts. Have a 4 year old Black Lab/Great Pyrenees mix named Gator, a 6 year old kitty named Luna, and 8 hens hatched October 26th, 2015. 1 Barred Rock, 2 Black Australorps, 3 Buff Orpingtons, and 2 Easter Eggers on about 3 acres. 5 more chicks coming this October
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Actually now I'm watching them and there's teeny little "hallways" on each side too cause it's 4x8 and the pallets smaller so they are using the hallways and keep going back and forth between both bigger overhangs, sometimes running sometimes walking, basically doing laps around the pallet, and its hilarious LOL at least they're getting their exercise for the day lol.png
Kelsey. Massachusetts. Have a 4 year old Black Lab/Great Pyrenees mix named Gator, a 6 year old kitty named Luna, and 8 hens hatched October 26th, 2015. 1 Barred Rock, 2 Black Australorps, 3 Buff Orpingtons, and 2 Easter Eggers on about 3 acres. 5 more chicks coming this October
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Kelsey. Massachusetts. Have a 4 year old Black Lab/Great Pyrenees mix named Gator, a 6 year old kitty named Luna, and 8 hens hatched October 26th, 2015. 1 Barred Rock, 2 Black Australorps, 3 Buff Orpingtons, and 2 Easter Eggers on about 3 acres. 5 more chicks coming this October
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They're finally running around again. Guess there's only so muc food under there
Kelsey. Massachusetts. Have a 4 year old Black Lab/Great Pyrenees mix named Gator, a 6 year old kitty named Luna, and 8 hens hatched October 26th, 2015. 1 Barred Rock, 2 Black Australorps, 3 Buff Orpingtons, and 2 Easter Eggers on about 3 acres. 5 more chicks coming this October
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Kelsey. Massachusetts. Have a 4 year old Black Lab/Great Pyrenees mix named Gator, a 6 year old kitty named Luna, and 8 hens hatched October 26th, 2015. 1 Barred Rock, 2 Black Australorps, 3 Buff Orpingtons, and 2 Easter Eggers on about 3 acres. 5 more chicks coming this October
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