Kept meaning to post again, but get caught up in reading everyone else's posts.....
Evicted the big kids yesterday out to the Eglu. They survived. Came home tonight and they still hadn't left the coop. So they were all shooed out into the run and the door closed behind them. After momentary hysteria, they just stood around next to the coop. Someday they will be confident enough to venture farther than the front door. It is soooooo much quieter in the house now. No more squawking as the big kids ran over the little ones. Only the 4 Ancona, GLW and EE are left in the tank. And whenever we go near the tank, the little ones just look. No more crazed running and screeching from the bigs.
My one cat has discovered chick TV, sits on the tote next to the tank (set up for little girl) and watches the chicks. Doesn't show interest in hunting them, but hardware cloth remains to keep chicks in and kitties out.
Got a call from CountryMax Saturday morning, they were placing another order. Only limited breeds and must order at least 6 of a breed. But they did have some left in store available for sale - SLW, EE, BR, Comet. Tried calling back to talk to the manager again (he is a really good guy), but wasn't available. Asked if they could hold until Sunday, was told first come first serve. So called Sunday morning before making the trip up, sold out except for Comet. Was looking for more variety, so didn't place an order.
Chicken math has kicked in. Brother offered up the former calf 'super hutch' that he built. It is a 8x16 lean-to style building, built on an old wagon frame as skids. Will require deconstructing the individual calf pen walls/doors, install a floor and finish enclosing the walls. Think it will fit on the old barn foundation on our property. Already have lots of ideas on how to finish it. Still going to use the 6x8 trailer frame for a chicken tractor. Instead of building a coop on it, thinking calf panel hoop style with hardware cloth floor, a couple nest boxes and some roosts. Perfect for moving around the pasture during the summer and not needing to clean as often. Ideas always welcome!