Sunday, May 3, 2009

Sunday: Chickens and such

Today was a nice day. Zachary and I went to my parents' house and helped put in their pontoon boat for the season. After enjoying a spin around the lake, we had lunch on their beautiful new patio behind the house facing the lake. It was nice to relax in the warm weather.
When we got home, we noticed 2 chickens out. About 2 weeks ago, we finished the chicken yard and most the coop and moved the chickens to their permanent home behind the garage. They have stayed put for about 2 weeks, until this weekend they found a way to sneak under the fencing. This afternoon we decided to let all of them out and see how they do free range. I am nervous about the highway traffic and the neighbor dogs, but if this works out, we might let them out for a few hours at a time when we are around, so we can keep an eye on them. They love roaming around. Our garden is right next to their yard and they were having fun tearing up the soil looking for buggy treats. Good thing nothing is planted right now. Stay tuned for further chicken updates...

5 comments:

Christy said...

Ours free range. I tried to keep them fenced in a large area but even that wasn't enough for them. They go all over now. I also have a free range goat, that isn't by choice.

Welcome To Wilmoth Farms said...

So how did it work? Did they go back to the coop to roost? My one lone chicken is so mad at me that I've taken her from the barn away from her calves to the coop! I NEED to get her some buddies soon!

Zachary and Jennifer said...

We have one free-range goat now and I am thinking we will be letting our other goat out soon to join her.
The place we got the chickens from, they could go where ever they wanted, so I guess I am little to restrictive. I just worry for their safety mainly. We did have one close call with the neighbor dogs the 1st weekend we had them and I been extra nervous since. They did excellent tonight, they went back to their roost and I just shut the gate behind them. We'll continue with the free-range runs and see how they do. I'd love to let them run all the time. I just worry for their safety.
Rachel, get your chicken some friends! I found mine on Craigslist pretty easy. Your chicken will get identity problems and start mooing. :-)

Mad Bush Farm said...

FOOOOD those chickens have on their little minds Jennifer. I can see and electric fence suddenly appearing around your garden....Mine has worked brilliantly. No evil chickens digging up every plant I have. We had one go broody..again. I stole all of her eggs this morning she is not happy. I am.

Take care
Liz

Leon Basin said...

Hey, how are you doing? Hope all is well.