Vince made a roost for the bigger girls.
That’s a shelf from one of the shelf units that we keep on top of their box. They’re flapping those little wings and they could probably get out if they tried.
See that one on the roost looking at me. She’s so fascinated by the cell phone. Isn’t she cute? I’m so happy to have chickens again! When we first put the roost in there, they were scared to death of it. They stood back and looked at it. Finally, one of t hem hopped up on it and the rest followed. By the time we were done in the building for the night last night, they were all on the roost.
marion usborne says
Now how cute is that . . . they are precious; all babies are.
Beverley Tekben says
They have grown so quickly. Darn cute.
So, for someone who knows nothing about chickens (or birds), why do they need a roost?
Carla in Ma says
It will be interesting to see if the little chick who jumped on the roost first will be the leader of the pack.
I can hear your joy of having chickens again and living on your little ranch in your post.
Will we be seeing a post of you wearing Farmer Jeans, a straw hat and mud boots. LOL
Roosting is a natural thing for birds – at least, it was for my cockatiel. Birds can walk on a flat surface, but their feet are designed to hold onto branches. Even wild chickens (which I do have a bit of experience with…long story…) roost in trees at dusk. It gets them off of the ground and away from a lot of potential predators.
I absolutely love your chickens, and watching them grow! My husband and I, when we finally settle down and aren’t moving with work every 3 years (this is most likely 6-7 years from now, maybe more) are going to have chickens. He’s done a complete 180 on chickens, mostly because of the difference we’ve seen in the eggs. We live in Germany, and the eggs that we buy from our German grocery store were lain by hens less than an hour from our house. They are outside hens, judging by the eggs. The shells don’t break nearly as easily, the yolks are a gorgeous almost deep orange color, and they have so much FLAVOR. We occasionally buy the American eggs, but the shells just crumble and the yolks are a pasty yellow. So when my husband asked me if someday I’d consider keeping chickens (he seemed really afraid to ask me…probably because our last place we lived was downwind from a commercial chicken farm and the smell would make you gag every time you walked outside and we both swore chickens off forever) I jumped at the chance!
Keep up the updates – I am learning a lot for my future chicks!
Brandy M. says
Judy, they are SO cute!!! 🙂