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    Combining flocks and new housing

    Just went out to make one last check for the night - they are all up on the roost - so the littler one must have gotten brave enough to hop up with them after they had gone to sleep
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    Combining flocks and new housing

    So... When we moved the tractor this evening, we decided to pop the 14 week old pullet in with the older chickens and observe. They had lots of fresh grass and clover, food & water. As expected, they pestered her a bit. I sat there with the hose for about an hour. I used it when they all...
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    Combining flocks and new housing

    (The fence isn’t up yet, I figured I had the two weeks to put the fence up)
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    Combining flocks and new housing

    The plan was to keep them in the coop for two weeks to let them learn “home” before letting them out into their run. They are at the edge of the woods, and will have a fenced area (portable electric fence that is 100’ long) and if they “jump the fence” I want them returning to the coop.
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    Combining flocks and new housing

    It is 8’x12’ - so 96 sq ft - I can easily put the two dog kennels I have in there… but while they were adequate for two 6 week old chicks when we got the first four, I think having four of them penned up in each might be a little tight…. I would feel better about putting the middle girl in with...
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    Combining flocks and new housing

    So - I adopted a Roo & 3 hens at the beginning of the summer. They have been hanging out in a chicken tractor all summer while we built a new coop for them. We have a friend who bought and hatched out some eggs at about the same time - only one survived. He brought her to us. She was far...
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