Last Wednesday my 8 year old & I decided to quit talking about it and go get six one day old chicks. The have been in his room in the brooder for the past 5 days but yesterday we decided to get to work on their permanently coop. We spent almost all day between buying materials and building it but we finished it up in a day.
So this afternoon we took our six RIR's out to visit and they looked to have a ball chasing each other all around. I guess a 6 x 9 enclosure sure beats their 50 gallon Rubbermaid tote they have been living in. Unfortunately, it was a little chilly and we didn't want to switch the lamps around so they only got to spend about 20 minutes out there but it was pretty neat how after they were done playing they found the sunbeam coming in and laid down in it. We plan on moving the lamp out this weekend and letting them start living there permanently.
My 9 year old beagle also had to get in the mix and it was kind of funny to see this big old dog (compared to the chicks) being backed into a corner by these little chickens, he kept looking at me like can I eat them? He behaved himself though. The younger beagle wasn't quite so gentle in her sniffing and we had to take her out after a little bit as she was too excited and I thought she would trample one of them... At least they didn't try to hurt them.
Anyway, thought I would share as these are the first chickens I've had since we had them on our farm growing up and we've been having a ball with them. I sure don't remember them as being this fun when I was a teenager though.