Sunday, May 24, 2015

The Chickens Come Home to Roost

Today, the chickens moved into their forever home!

Cooptastic!

Close-up inside the coop.

They've been happy without the heat lamp for a week, and they were getting too big for the brooder. So we moved them into the coop! We're a little worried about their first exposure to outdoor nighttime temperatures, so we're going to use the heat lamp at night for a week or so.

Some of the sources we've read suggest "coop training" your birds. Basically, you keep them in the coop only - not the run - for the first few days to a week. That helps them learn that the coop is home, so they'll return to it on their own at dusk. This also seems like a good way to keep them warm while they grow for another week.

Here are the ladies, exploring their new home for the first time!

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