micstrachan

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I always check that the girls are in bed ok. I went out at dusk last night and River is walking up the garden to greet me. I was surprised to see her, I thought it was dark enough that she would be in bed. So I call her back down to the run and I see what the problem is; both auto doors have shut! She got locked out! I changed the timer so it was an hour later, grabbed her and put her to bed. I got those doors because they have a light lux sensor, but the minimum darkness for opening is too light, so I haven't bothered with that setting.
Good thing you check every night!
 

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I must say I don't mind a bird with a busload of personality even though every one
i own like that is crazier than a bed bug. I am finding them harder to get though. Most people seem to prefer more easily managed girls.
I do love the wild ones, but it concerns me when they are hard to handle, as it always seems the one who like handling the least ends up with a medical issue. I make a conscious effort to handle the ones who don't like it, just so it isn't too traumatic if they need my hands-on care one day. Case in point: Roxy. Roxy used to resist handling, but I forced myself on her and good thing, as she is one who is a little more prone to health issues that most of the others.
 

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I would have been checking on getting in regardless of what the roosting update was... not a lack of trust necessarily, but for my own peace of mind....

I am happy to say after 9 hrs, 3 RV toilet extractions, way too many spiders, and just one vomiting session: I have one jury rigged toilet install with a bunch of random odds and end. I now have a working manual flush gravity toilet!!!! Yes, I need to fill the water manually, but that’s good for water conservation. It’s not leaking, there isn’t any smell, and it’s only 25 years older than I am! Don’t ask how long I massaged the not one, not two, but three wax rings to make this happen....

Done Is better than perfect, and “temporary” solutions oft end up being permanent... but if I need to use the facilities tonight, I won’t have to dig myself a hole. Thank goodness!
You are amazing!
 

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There is just something special about the more curious chickens. Others may call them flighty but I find them to be smart. I love the challenge. If you are mixing your flock i also love the stable hens, the Patsy, Hattie and Sydney of the world help to balance out the Daisy and Phyllis and keep the flock balanced. In my opinion.
I completely agree with this. Balance is good. The more alert/aware hens are great for watching for predators, and the calm ones are good for keeping everyone from freaking out. In my flock, Bridge and Buttercup are probably the most chill. Dorothy and Ester are the most jumpy. Flash's Leghorn is already coming out, and I think she will be more like them.
 

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There is just something special about the more curious chickens. Others may call them flighty but I find them to be smart. I love the challenge. If you are mixing your flock i also love the stable hens, the Patsy, Hattie and Sydney of the world help to balance out the Daisy and Phyllis and keep the flock balanced. In my opinion.
Yes this. I will probably always keep some big calm girls in the flock just because I like & have so many nutters.
 

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Yes. I leave my pen unlatched until I do my final check of a night time. It forces me to go out & check because I know I can't leave it unlatched & I need to go out ~ especially just now to stick my broodies on a roost but I like to check everyone is safely roosted & ok. Any bad moulters may have headed to a nesting box & that is a good sign they are having a really hard time & need some special attention.
I make sure to get a visual on every bird when I lock them up each night. I also observe a little in the morning to make sure everyone comes out, stretches their wings, eats, etc.
 

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