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Lesson 370 – The chicks’ first night in the coop

I’m pretty big on letting your chicks try to fly when the time is ready (have I mentioned that Trevor is away at gymnastics camp for 3 weeks?) Which is why when I saw that the chicks had actually survived the day in the henhouse with the larger hens, I figured, hey, why not let them start roosting in the big house.

I also decided to do this because there is very little activity in a henhouse after the sun goes down. Once a chicken is up on a roost, it tends to stay there for the rest of the night (it’s kind of a survival thing), there is no running around and pecking new little ones when darkness comes. The more the chicks stayed in the chicken coop, they more they would be acknowledged as members of the flock. I figured a night in the henhouse would do everyone a world of good (including the fact that we no longer would have to bring the STINKY nursery back into the house.)

I also wasn’t too worried about the chicks keeping warm at night (we were having slightly cool night- time temps but nothing drastic). Baby chicks sleep like baby puppies – in a pile, one big feathered mess ‘o bird. Continue reading



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Lesson 277 – It’s what mothers are programmed to do

I’ve been having some email discussions with a friend of mine who has chickens. One of her four birds has become broody and is refusing to move off of a clutch of eggs. This in itself is not necessarily a bad thing (they have no roosters so the eggs would never hatch and would eventually just go bad) but the problem is that a brooding hen is a hen who won’t eat or drink. She, instead, gives all of her energy over to the eggs.

It’s what a mother is programed to do. Continue reading


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