Henrietta and her 10 chicks made their way to the pen today. We encouraged them to do that so they would be safer during mowing excursions, plus they would be safer from predators like ‘possums. Not to mention that there is a hawk nearby the property on telephone poles that had us concerned that they were out in the open without protection of the pen’s enclosure.
It actually took two attempts but the second time, Henrietta had the idea of the general direction we wanted them to go and the chicks were less inclined to go into the brushpile instead of continuing on to the pen. 😉
It was so funny when we came back out and got them headed in the right direction again. The chicks actually saw the food dish inside the pen and took off and popped into the pen, THROUGH the chicken wire and Henrietta resigned that she would have to go in after them so she used the door to get in.
I remembered we didn’t have any pictures of the roosters, I so took one of one of the three roosters we have:
I remember looking at a friend’s pen before we got our chickens and saying to myself, “what happened to all the grass?” Now that we have had our chickens for awhile, and the grass is gone in our pen too, I now know why. LOL! Chickens dig everywhere for grubs, roots and other edibles and they love greens. So we give them vegetable scraps and greens from the yard every day which they eat along with their food.
NOTE: these images were taken with the camera on my phone so they are not as good as the ones with the 4.5MP camera that Jim uses.