First...the chicken tractor. It is a work in progress. It began last weekend with a basic frame-up:
Jon and Dale also got the coop floor in place, and this weekend saw the addition of some walls and windows:
Meanwhile, the girls have been working hard to outgrow the brooder! With the tractor still a work-in-progress, there is some debate about whether or not to stick it out another week in the basement or move to temporary quarters in the chicken coop in the barn across the street. We're still debating. We've made some improvements to the basement brooder. Updates on that in the next post...
Even though the girls have not had an official change in living arrangements, they have still managed some excitement this weekend. Today they went on a field trip!
When they first found themselves on the grass in the sun, with the wind ruffling their feathers, they mostly just froze. It was a big, wide, and strange world for the girls. We just sat quietly and watched them settle in to their new experience.
We loved seeing who would be the bravest and who would follow the leader.
|What's going on?|
|Where am I?|
|I think I need to lie down.|
|There is something comforting and familiar about the feel of pine chips under foot.|
|"Let's go over here. Everybody? Stay close!"|
Though new to their surroundings, the girls had no trouble whatsoever with the other critters around who were curious about them!
|The ladies were very polite to Finn, but that's no surprise; he was a perfect gentleman.|
Pretty soon they acted like they owned the place.
|Look at them walk with confidence!|
That last picture reminded me of something...
The girls were happiest when Abby and I hung out with them in the pen. I became a make-shift jungle gym. Abby took some really excellent pictures, I'd say!
|"Mommy, bend your head down lower."|
|This is a good perch.|
|But this is cooler.|
All in all, the chickens had a successful first outing. We've read that they kind of need to be "hardened off" to the outdoors, like seedlings, so little trips like this are just the thing. And what a pleasant way to spend a warm spring day in Maine!