Just Hangin’ Out


I moved my small group of Wyandottes and Ameracaunas into a large pen today, a former dog kennel 10′ x 20′ x 6′. The old kennel is overrun with morning glories, weeds, flowering trees, blackberry briars, and grass. Ouch! We put shade cloth across the top of half of it and wire across the other half, then off to catch chickens. The Wyandotte rooster and hens gathered together happily and started exploring. The Ameracauna rooster and hens banded together. Only 11 chickens in 200 square feet of overgrown space appeared a little lost, so I gathered up 5 little bantam cross hens and the least aggressive little bantam rooster from that particular batch and added them in, thinking that since all of them were in a new space and fairly new to each other, they would probably all get along. I was worried about the bantams possibly getting picked on but, with me going back to work, I couldn’t possibly get 10 different pens of chickens fed, watered, and moved before leaving for work before dawn.

I needn’t have worried about the bantams, particularly the rooster. The very first thing he did upon being released in the pen was greet the hens, flirted with all the other hens, then grabbed the biggest rooster (the Wyandotte) by the comb and threw him down and attempted to breed him. That poor Wyandotte rooster and his hens have been hiding underneath the blackberry brambles since.

So, what am I going to do since I’ll have all that free time in the morning? Well, uh, I actually divided up some of the overcrowded chickens into less crowded pens, so now I have more pens of chickens to feed but the pens aren’t as crowded, so the grass won’t get as dirty when I won’t be able to move them twice a day to fresh pasture.

Hey, wait a minute….wasn’t I supposed to be making things easier on myself? DANG!

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    kcduffy said,

    The Law of Unintended Consequences, on a Family Household level!

    Love the picture!

    BTW, you’re going back to work where you worked before? According to the news crawl I thought I read this morning, young Duval kids don’t have t be to school till 9? First bus hasn’t been by yet…had another short night, will be ready for nap time by noon, that’s for sure.

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      JenDaisy said,

      Yup- 9:00am for kindergarten in Duval. I got there at 8:30 to walk him to class today and had to park at the road.

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