Quick question for those of you that are integrating young birds into the adult flock.
Do you all have covered outdoor runs? What I'm really asking is about hawk protection for the little ones if they go outside.
In my smaller hen shed there was a covered pen outdoors so I could let the young ones out without fear of hawks. I could keep the younger birds confined in part of it while the olders were let out onto full range. In my current setup, if they go outdoors they have no pen. So right now my biggest challenge in integrating is not wanting them to get taken by hawks.
Plus... there is no one home during the day so I can't even observe what's going on if they go out unless it's after work or on the weekends.
The elders have open door all day long to come and go as they please so it makes it hard to integrate even while indoors unless I just keep the elders inside too. Definitely NOT what I want to do.
So...I'm contemplating how to integrate in that kind of situation.