The laying pullets are growing nicely and it looks like I have a nice quality batch of girls. Healthy, active and nice confirmation. Looking forward to seeing how they fare at laying which should be about end of July.
I recently put together a grow out run so they can get outside during the day and start practicing being grown-ups by scratching, eating bugs and grass and learning to return home to their brooder each night. This also safely introduces them to the adult chickens who can come and check them out without causing any harm if they decide they aren’t overly excited about new family members. The run isn’t pretty but it does the job and is only temporary for a few more weeks until I move them to their permanent home in the main coop with Flavius and his ladies.
I had camera in hand when I opened the door for the first time and they saw the outside world.
Everyone was very unsure and had quite the conversation about what they should do.
Checking if it’s safe or not.
Then this little devil peeked out from on top of the feeder inside. This is Danny by the way. He was supposed to be a pullet but as you can see he’s a little cockerel. His little comb and light grey feathering was a dead giveaway about two weeks ago. And boy is he cute. And such a boy. Brave and silly. In a flurry, and of course I wasn’t ready with my camera, he fluttered and flew out the door over every one and landed smack in the middle if the little yard. Such a brave boy!
Not sure what all the fuss was about and getting bored being out there by himself he fluttered back in. The girls still not sure about coming out.
Here is my eagle-like Ameracauna trying to decide what to do.
One of the three Ameracaunas could care less about the whole charade and was happy to sit and watch the commotion from her perch.
Eventually they all timidly wandered out into the bright sun for the first time.
Soon all were comfortable and got down to the business of scratching and dust bathing. Here is a a young lady fluttering in an nice patch of fresh dirt.
Curious little Dominique girl.
Meanwhile in the brooder, Danny discovers how pleasant the bright warm sun is on his feathers and reclines in the doorway for a nice sunbath.
Such a cutie.
The adult chickens made their way over to see what I was doing since I usually have fooooooooood. I was glad I was there the first time they saw the littles in case I had to intervene any aggressive behavior. Here is Chloe making her way coyly to the run
Luckily they were just curious and nonchalantly walked around the run eyeing the new flock.
You can see Flavius and Chloe calmly watching on the other side.
Chloe checking my work. She wasn’t very impressed. I think they remember that this was their childhood home too.
Beautiful Daphne not really all that interested. Although pretty, I wonder at her intelligence sometimes. Always getting lost and not paying attention. It’s a wonder she hasn’t been picked off by a predator yet. She’s just a simple girl….
Flavius keeping an eye out as his ladies finish investigating the pullets.
Eventually everyone got bored and Flavius signaled it was time to move on to the business of taking their afternoon dust bath.
It was a successful first day out for the pullets!