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First day out for the flock :D

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by dale, Nov 23, 2008.

  1. dale

    dale In the Brooder

    Nov 14, 2008
    A friend of mine gave me some chickens and we moved them to my coop Wednesday night. These birds have had free run of his yard and I want to continue having them free range. I put them in the new coop and have fed and watered them every day but kept them locked up. Today after church I let them out to get the lay of land.

    I kept an anxious eye on them all afternoon and when they got too close to the woods I'd circle around and encourage them to get back in the yard. An hour before dusk they started moving closer to the coop and one by one got inside. At dark I did a head count and all 21 are present and accounted for. Good job!

    There are three roosters and 18 hens. I was told they are not laying but we have three eggs that disprove that statement... well, now just one as two were used for breakfast [​IMG]

    First time with chickens since I was 9 years old back in.... never mind
  2. happyhen

    happyhen Songster

    May 8, 2008
    Northeastern Ohio
    Welcome to BYC!

    It sounds like you're off to a great start with your flock!
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Welcome to BYC Dale!
    It's great that things went so easy for you. My chooks were in one pen until 22 weeks old. Once we had their permanent coop built and tried to get them to go there at night we had problems. I had to keep them locked up for two weeks before they got the idea and considered the new coop home.
    The night that I found six of them roosting on my SO's prized harley because it was as close as they could get to their old pen was not a night that I want to repeat anytime soon!
    Good luck with your new flock!

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