Our new Barred Rock Chickens are growing. As baby chicks, they need to get settled into their new environment and require protection from the weather extremes, so we kept them inside the little building where the riding mower is usually housed. When they are about eight weeks old, the chicks are ready to begin experiencing the great outdoors.
We moved them to a portable cage outside near the chicken coop that will eventually be their permanent home. The new birds need to be carefully introduced to the already existing flock or there will be problems. Let’s just say that pecking order is a real “thing” and the older flock of hens would not welcome the new birds with open wings if they were just thrown into the coop. We’ll move the Barred Rocks into the coop in about four to six weeks and even then they will only be able to see each other (and smell each other) until they’ve all become acclimated to their new living conditions.
The young chicks received a rather extreme exposure to the outside world on their very first day. Mr. Fifty Shades moved them in the late afternoon. Later on, it became Dark. And Stormy. And, then it was Night. Yep, it was a dark and stormy night…and then the tornado came. It was a bit scary for a while. Sage and Mrs. Fifty Shades huddled in the bathroom as they were both a little freaked out by the wind. Mr. Fifty Shades and Scout stayed in the bedroom to monitor the weather. The tornado blew threw in about 15 minutes and we considered ourselves lucky to have no damage to the house although the bluebird house got a little wind tossed…
…and a few trees branches fell…
We lost electricity from about 9:30 p.m. on Friday until about 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. So, our generator came in handy.
And, for those of you who’ve never been through a hurricane with Mr. Fifty Shades, rest assured that we had plenty of coffee to help us get through the day!
We’re all back to normal now and Mr. Fifty Shades is continuing on with this newest project – a “pavillion” that will allow us to work on all sorts of projects under a roof near our square foot garden and chicken coop.
We’ll leave you with a few pictures of our hummingbirds who are going crazy feeding on the nectar we make for them.
Until next time,