Originally Posted by Teila
I always wondered what the gals would do if they encountered a cane toad; now I know ... scream for Mum to save them
To be fair, I'd probably go HELP! MONSTER! if I saw a cane toad.
Your new run is fantastic!! If the soil is anti plant, maybe some pots around the inside or outside. You could get a couple of sleepers down one side [outside], fill with some good soil and plants.
Thanks, it's good to have a bigger area which is "visitor-proof". I could probably get something to grow up there, but I have no energy for it and have other projects I need to sort first (get the new bunny quarters sorted.) I've got a whole heap of large (50cm) plastic pots I could put on the outside (NOT the inside, the big girls destroy them and pull out the plants and dig all the dirt out, I put them out the front of the yard and they killed one of them. The other survived because I'd plonked those solar garden lights in around it.) It's way up the backyard, not somewhere I can just grab a hose and water without a trek. Seeing as it's getting cooler, they'll have a better chance to get established than in the horrible summer, so I'll get something organised (eventually).
How/What is Marcy doing now?
I put a couple of the big girls (I've got to stop calling them that, they aren't that much bigger now) in with Marcy and Grace. They seemed ok with the bigger area, the big girls did still chase them, but not so much. They all went in the house. This morning, Marcy was huddled, trying to hide behind the water jug, no sign of Grace. "Oh no! Grace is dead! Murdered!" I think. She was in under Marcy.... I don't know why they didn't run away in the other direction.... Anyway, nobody's injured. I haven't had my morning caffeine to go and observe whether Marcy's doing anything "weird".
Anyway, I've let the bullies out to give the little girls a bit of a respite and they are walking around normally. They seemed more assertive yesterday, they didn't just huddle away in the furthest corner, they came back in where the mean girls were. I was encouraged that they might all be able to share the run.
ooh, just had an idea. I've got a plant stand I could give to the chickens as a roosty-standing-escaping thing. I wonder if I could get it through the door of the run? (it's very narrow)