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post #21 of 24
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Yeah, that is my plan from now on - and that way they get microbes and grit from the soil too.  No more loose leaves unless they are cut up!!

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Yeah, that is my plan from now on - and that way they get microbes and grit from the soil too.  No more loose leaves unless they are cut up!!

Yes! And I always hope there will be a few bugs too! 

post #23 of 24
I have to do the same thing (minus the wagon- we just carry them) and find that no matter what they will yell and run around fighting the capture. The enclosure we use is an old garden bed that we placed black netting over to keep out predators and birds. They love their daily play time and now spend from morning until evening outside (5weeks old).

We tip the transport box on its side in the enclosure and they will put themselves to "bed" as soon as it gets to bewitching hour and we hear their little bedtime chuckles- we go outside, tip the box over (they know the drill by now), and bring them into the brooder box to sleep. They love adventure time so I think it's worth a little fright in the morning capture for their recess days wink.png
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I let my majority Buff Orpington birds ( 41 orps 4 weeks old, 3 Barred Rock pullets 6 weeks old, 4 Rhode Island Red pullets 5 weeks, with some 5 little chirping 1 week old B/R's) out for their first day of "freedom". A yearling attack cat jumped at the doorgate and somehow my biggest Barred Rock flew out. Fortunately, the cat shooed and the Buff landed in some grass opposite pen fencing and stayed until I retrieved it. I think it was a good lesson for them on day one. They all really took a liking to me after that, me sitting on a fold up chair, birds on my legs. Heh, tongue.png
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