I've had lots of animals in my lifetime. Right now, all we have are the chickens. I got 2 doz. chicks as a kid. Well that story didn't end well. I made up my mind that this time would be a better experience. I had no idea baby chicks were going to be so much fun! And I didn't know they grow so fast!!! They outgrew their little cage in my laundry room way before the coop was finished, despite my husband working on it every spare moment.
They have spent about 5 nights in the coop so far. It's not completely finished, but predator safe and liveable for the moment. Today I let them out of the coop into the run, also not completed. They had been in the (unenclosed) yard for a few hours at the time, with us close by. This was the first time I'd let them out all day. Even though they were in the (unfinished) run, I worried about them since I wasn't right there with them the whole time. TWO hawks circled my back yard all day. Ugghhh! We gotta get their setup completed. I'll still worry about them anyway, though. We live between an open field and thick woods with a creek. We have almost every kind of predator imaginable.
Today I also set up a temporary walkway board (don't know what the proper chickenspeak term is) from the coop to the ground. They enjoyed "walking the plank."
Most of all they enjoyed the special treat of strawberry yogurt, served in a pie tin. I kept reading about it and just couldn't imagine a chicken eating yogurt. It was funny to watch and they loved it. I guess this is the chicken TV everyone keeps talking about.
BTW, if anyone is currently building their coop, or about to begin, here's a thought. We put a large window in the coop on the side that faces my house. It's close enough that if their coop light is on I can look out my back door and see them inside doing their thing. Very cool! Especially when I wake up at 4 am to check on them and can't go back to sleep. And end up on BYC writing about my chicken saga...yeah, I'm hooked.