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First Weekend Over

Well, the first weekend is nearly over, and so far so good with the birds. They are still all OK and appear in good health. The only thing I have noticed is that they are pecking each others’ feathers a fair bit, mainly the tail feathers. From limited research on the Internet, this does not appear to be a problem as they are just establishing a pecking order. I will keep an eye on it nevertheless.

Hens In The Run

Hens In The Run

They are very reluctant to leave the coop and go out into the run. I put them out yesterday and kept them out there for most of the day. They seemed quite happy. I put them out again today but this time I left the pop hole open so that they could get back in if they liked. Six of them came back in straight away. I assume that they will settle into a routine after a while and go in and out as they please.

I removed the perch I had put in to help them get to the top perches because it was really just getting in the way and cramping their room.

New Ramp Installed in Coop

New Ramp Installed in Coop

Instead, I put as second ramp off the first ramp to get them up to the roosts. This works fine for them. In fact, they don’t need the ramp at all as they are able to fly up to the top roosts, which is great.

Mostly, however, they use the ramps to walk up to the roosts and it is comical to see them jostling for position. The first bird up appears to purposely sit at the top of the ramp to block the others from getting up. Then they have to push her out of the way, or climb over her. They really push for position. In the end, last night, eight of the ten made it to the roosts, with only two staying on the ramps. So I think this will work out alright.

5 Sail Mill at Skerries

5 Sail Mill at Skerries

A local mill in town, which is a lovely tourist attraction, mills corn regularly for visitors. A friend of mine is getting me some of the milled corn, which I am using as scratching in the coop and run. It seems to be working and is encouraging the hens to scratch about.

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