Today, our newest chickens got to see the world for the first time. They were quite shocked to find that there was more to life than just their coop.
We had bought them in September, and by the time they were old enough to be out from the heat lamp we had snow on the ground. It
While I was in there cleaning, they were all huddled in the corner clucking this and that. I clucked back, but it didn’t seem to reassure them at all. It was such a nice day, I felt that this would be a good day for their first trip outdoors.? I opened up the coop door, and they all ran to the corner again. I knew I was never going to get the coop cleaned so I took one and guided it to the new world. Then I took another and another. Only the first one seemed to like it out there.
I knew if I could get the rooster out, then they would all follow. He stuck his head out, and didn’t seem to like the expansiveness above his head. He retreated inside, back to his corner. I cleaned a bit more of the shavings out and figured that they would go out sooner or later if I left them on their own. I went in to get the eggs from the other coop.
After a short time of doing some barn chores, I figured I would go check on the new offspring. A couple had come out, but most were still inside. It will take time, but they will get use to it, and actually love being outdoors.
After going inside to finish up the laundry, I looked out the window, and there they all were clucking around the pen. I guess tomorrow I will be able to finish cleaning up their coop.