Well it was time…
We have been keeping the baby chicks in the garage but it just wasn’t working anymore. They are wanting to roost and fly out. After awhile the chicks all get a bit skittish and they were getting stressed every time we went out to the garage. Hubby and son Karl gave the chicken house a good spring cleaning and out they went.
We took the tote that they have been in.
We put a cover on top of it so the old hens can’t get in. The chicks are welcome to go in and out as they please.
You can see the hole we cut in the tote at the bottom left hand corner. The opening is small so the hens can’t get in. Ideally we would like to be able to keep each in their own pen but our hen house is too small for that. We have done this a couple times and it seems to work.
Nevertheless, the chicks are still very scared in their new environment.
The hens have been good so far and have left the chicks alone. They are all more concerned about eating…
I feel a little sad for them heading out into the big world of the chicken house but before long, they will be acclimated and happy. Baby chicks are one of those animals that should just stay little forever….but I guess that wouldn’t bring any eggs then would it?
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How cute. That is a good idea to put the tote in w/ the hole in it. We only plan to have one batch of chickens at a time (or that’s the plan) but I’m not sure how I’ll feel about getting rid of the old hens (when they’re old-they are barely a year old now). I’m not touchy-feely with our chickens at all but I like watching them run around their chicken yard.
Love the chirps of chick speak. Hard to believe the last chicks that followed me around the farm yard was over 55 years ago. Of days gone by….
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That’s a clever idea Jo. I too wish they’d be babies forever. Alas, I like eggs. Thank you for sharing your wonderful hen house post and I hope you share again often. Have a great week.
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