Originally Posted by Chicken girl 15
Dang blasted monster chickens! !! I had to retrieve 16 off the top of the run tonight and another out of the garden! !! Doofy birds were so busy eating bugs they forgot to go to bed. My arms are scratched up and bit up and sore now. Guess I have to Hurd them before dark from now on.
Originally Posted by Beer can
Mine started roosting in trees last yr, lost some to predators so I stopped free ranging and keep them in a covered run so they couldn't fly out. The jersey giants and sussex I got in June I had in a uncovered run and lost one of my best giant pullets to a hawk. All runs will be covered now.
I started extra kale about a two months ago and another bed last month along with spinach and beets for greens. Only paid $2 a ounce for the seeds so I figure why save them for next yr.Should be plenty extra for the chickens the bed of kale I started in the spring is still going strong.
I generally leave them in the coop for a couple of weeks before I let them out.
Though the hoops are open at the front and they can see out. Then they get a feel for the area.
Of course my other coops have runs so they stay in for couple of weeks there too. Though this past week I had my Marans wander into the wood and I got scratched up trying to get them back home, before I got the can of scratch and "lead" them back home. They have not been out since.
I've been seeing rabbit in the yard at evening so I figure they must be back and there are not predators nearby. I have been going into the woods and "marking" quite a bit too. I've also been starting fires in the back fire ring. There is a great deal to burn and clean up in the woods. Some big trees have fallen. Bigger than my little chainsaw can handle I think.
Well take care folks. Hope tomorrow isn't to bad. School volunteer tomorrow.
Rancher, stayed up to late, Hicks.