- Jul 1, 2011
My 5 week olds are now sleeping in a protected area away from the other chickens on the second floor of their coop. The only way in or out is by human hands, so the others can't get to them, or they accidently get out. Every morning I lift up the top of their hinged roof and place them inside their outside pen, cover their pen with net, and they are happy. Not this morning. I'm sure they planned it. As soon as I lifted the roof, en mass all but three flew out. Had a blast. Put their food and water dish out for them separately from the other chickens. The older ones just ignored them until they spotted the babes food water dishes and thought they had something better. I had to shoo them away. The youngsters hunted for bugs, tasted various growing things, then had separate panic attacks when they saw their pen. All wanted in...no...didn't...yes...maybe..., crying on the outside looking in. Some waited by the pen until I lifted and put them in, others changed their minds and I had to play run and catch. They settled back in pretty quick. Had to laugh at one whom found her way into the coop and kicked up a huge fuss seeing her sisters having fun, and not knowing how to get out. I worked with her a bit to encourage her that a doorway has its uses. I think I will try this again late afternoon. Went much better than if I planned it myself, fussing over different senarios. Nice.