Today was my second day off work to help settle in the new hens, it is safe to say they are feeling more at home now!
The day started with them needing a little gentle persuasion to get out of the coop as they all decided to hide in one nest box… they had some breakfast and something to drink and then headed out for an exciting day of being a chicken!
They were still a little unsure of the surroundings so didn’t venture too far unless I was near, suprisingly they don’t have a problem coming up to me or walking past me, they’ll happy come and walk under my chair… anway, I spent the first part of afternoon fixing the Run cam as the wire had gotten damaged (that’s now fixed!) so I was running back and forward making sure they were okay, then my friend came down to see them and lo and behold…
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better..
All in all it was a very eventful day for the girls and the sight of them chucking dirt everywhere couldn’t fill me with anymore joy than it does right now! Two days ago these girls didn’t know what mud was, they had stiff legs and had never had a proper scrape, I just can’t believe how well they are doing! They were even unlucky enough to get caught out in the rain but I quickly rounded them up and put them back in the coop until it passed.
It is funny actually, my original chickens (and duck) moan when they are put away during the day, but the new girls don’t mind. I’m sure they’ll begin to take their freedom for granted in the future, but a part of me does wonder if they’ll ever forget what they’ve been through…
I have noticed that they do shiver as the night draws in, but that’s understandable considering the lack of feathers – At that point I put everyone away for the night and make sure they have plenty of fresh bedding. The pecking order is still being figured out at the moment so you hear the odd squawk and see the odd chase, but apart from that they are settling in nicely!