Tuesday, August 19

Chicken Tunnel

Originally uploaded by duanekeys
I made a tunnel of fence that connects the chicken enclosure to the rest of the pasture. Now our chickens have the full run of all our fenced-in pasture along with the goats and the horse! It's quite a sight to see when Jennifer walks in the pasture with a horse, goats, and chickens following along. I think the chickens are much happier now that they're "free range" of sorts. Pictured here some of the hens and goats are mingling out by the round-pen.

The chickens are good at finding the places to escape, showing me the weak spots in our fence, though they only usually escape one at a time and spend the rest of the time trying to figure out how to get back to the flock. Every few days or so I'll have to spend five minutes trying to catch a stressed hen to put her back with the flock.

I have had to change my morning chore routine a bit because of the chickens new freedom. I used to let the chickens out of the house first since they've been cooped up all night (pun unintended). But after the chickens learned the goats are fed a bit of grain in the morning the first thing they do is make a mad chicken-waddling dash to the goats for some of the goat's grain. It's a pretty funny scene to see 20+ chickens in an all out sprint, wings half spread and heads just bobbin' back and forth as fast as their legs will take them. Only one of the goats makes and effort to push the chickens out of their feed. The other two simply watch the chickens peck like mad. I've resorted to keeping the chickens locked up just a bit longer to give the goats a chance to have some breakfast.

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