The story begins here: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/675922/welcome-home-chicks-warning-pic-heavy
Chapter 1- Popcorn (Well, it could be called chapter 3 or 4 if you include the other thread, but I'll call it 1 :P)
Two humans, the smaller ones, walked towards the coop, holding something in their hands. Miss. Henny, or Henrietta, the mother chicken sat beneath The Safe Box with the eight chicks sleeping under her. One of the humans leaned forward and tossed a funny white thing towards Miss Henny, but she just looked at it. Apparently it didn't look too appealing. An Australorp/ Buff Orp. mix, nicknamed Mr. Curious popped his head out from under her wing. It looked interesting, but if Mama didn't eat it, he figured it wasn't worth the bother getting out from under her warm body. Then, one of the humans, here called UnderHisWings, opened the door of the makeshift coop and walked in, holding more of the funny white stuff. She held it out to the group, but no one was interested. After waiting a bit, the humans made some funny noises that sounded like this- "Do you think we could take the box off?" asked the one outside the coop, known as Fluffballs. "I think so," said UnderHisWings, "they didn't seem too bothered by it last time." "Okay..." said the other, reluctantly picking the box up and moving it over a bit. Well, that didn't make much difference to the chicks or Miss Henny. The chicks were too comfortable and warm, and Henrietta wouldn't leave her chicks. The humans sat there for a little while, but soon got bored. The one called Fluffballs is quite strange. Trying to get the chicks or hen's attention, she threw bits of popcorn towards the mass of feathers and fuzz. A few popped their heads out, but didn't try any. Fluffballs must have been getting very bored, because then she started throwing popcorn pieces all over the coop. That still doesn't make it any more tempting to the chicks. Eventually, UnderHisWings coaxed Miss Henny to try some. "Hmmm," thought Miss Henny, "this actually is quite good!" So she had a little more. "Oh!" thought the chicks, "it must be good, Mama's eating it!" so some ran over to UnderHisWings hand and tried some of the funny food. Other chicks found some pieces that Fluffballs had thrown towards were they had been. They ran around with little popcorn pieces in their beaks. "I have food! I have food!" they announced. Well then they tried to eat the food. Hmm. That was interesting. The chicks by UnderHisWings' hands didn't have a problem, because she had broken up the popcorn into small pieces. But the pieces Abigail had thrown were quite different. They were large, so they needed to be broken. "Okay," thought the chick Fluffballs calls Gertie, "I'll just scratch it against the ground and it will break." Well, that's the problem with the funny white stuff called popcorn- it doesn't break real well. She continued to announce her possession of food, and that is what actually helped her find a way to break it. The other chicks ran up and pecked pieces of it off. Now she only held a small piece. Yum! It tasted good. The chicks and Miss Henny ran around finding the food for a time, and then settled down a bit. A while later though, the chicks were exploring their coop and lo and behold! More popcorn! The feeding frenzy began again, until at last the chicks settled down, and happy.
This is the "coop" as you see it when you come through the door. Above the wooden panel you see is a place where the Hands can come in and give treats to the chicks. I the corner is the Safe Box.
In the Safe Box!
Edited by Fluffballs - 6/30/12 at 10:21am