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This weekend it was time to move the chicken fence from one side of their house to the other. When we put them outside this summer, the other side of the chicken house was full of grass, now, not so much. You can somewhat see the line of where the fence had ended before! I wish that I could truly let the chickens be free range, unfortunately they take that to a whole new level.
Our street has a bit of a steep drop off right next to it, going down to a path that leads downtown. Well, last week four of our chickens decided they should check out the path. I really didn't want our chickens wandering around downtown...I knew that they needed more grass to scratch up, so we decided this weekend would be the time to move the chicken fence. And they were so excited to have the new space to dig around in!
I tried putting them out on the garden to rip up the rest of it, but they just continued running away from it, perhaps the bugs that I want them to eat are not as tasty as I had hoped :-)
They all still really enjoy hiding under the chicken house. This one brought a green tomato with her for a snack. They also tend to lay their eggs under there, but they lay them in the corners, so I can easily grab them. It seems to be working out fine, and I am sure they will figure something else out once the snow is halfway up the chicken house.
We also found a few eggs in the compost pile when we were moving things around. So at least now I know that all of my white chickens are indeed laying one egg per day. There have been several days in the past week where I have only had 5 white eggs, and I couldn't figure out why one would stop laying when they just started laying a month ago! Our egg count since they started laying on August 17th is 156 eggs, or 13 dozen. That's a lot of eggs :-)
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