Good morning, Blog Buds! As you can see, my new flock is feathered or mostly feathered out and moved into the garage brooder, an extra-large dog crate converted for the purpose. The Rhode Island Rhodes are the oldest (almost a month old) and, therefore, the biggest, as you can see. The others are three weeks old.. They’re now ready for short visits outside to peck and scratch in real dirt. I’m just waiting for a sunny afternoon. I have another dog crate, floor removed, waiting for them outside for this purpose.
Dog crates are extremely useful to chicken-keepers, in case you haven’t noticed! The number one predator of chickens is dogs (and their kin, like coyotes) and so it makes sense that a crate to keep a dog in will keep a dog out. It also has a roof, so aerial predators, like hawks, are kept out too.
Everyone loves to eat chicken, you know, except vegetarians (humans or animals.)
But my chickie-poos are never for eating. They are laying hens and backyard pets.
The date for moving chicks out into the big, bad world really depends on where you live and what they’re accommodations are. One of my favorite YouTubers has an excellent episode on the topic. She lives in Florida, however, so adjustments must be made. The climate is different, the ground is sandy, and some of the predators are different too.
Becky’s Homestead: When Can Chicks Go Outside?
Meanwhile, my one elderly hen is still laying and has the chicken coop all to herself right now. I let her out to stratch and peck in the backyard for an hour or two each afternoon while our puppy has her nap indoors.
How are your chickens doing? How many do you have?
Be Kind & Stay Safe!