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Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Moving House

It is said by those in the know that moving house is one of the most stressful times in our lives.

Well there has been a lot of moving house in our garden this springtime.

Let me start by saying that we have had two separate lots of chickens born this spring, two weeks apart. The first lot had a mother, the second lot had doting parents, an incubator for gestation and a heat lamp for warmth afterwards.

 
 
The first lot started in the garden under the hollyhock plant then moved to a recycled little cubby,  (an old dog kennel).
 
 
 
 



From here they moved into a posh new pen with upstairs and downstairs.


 
 
Just as mother hen and her young chicks were outgrowing this we had another even posher henhouse built which will withstand any gale. So they have moved yet again.
 

 
 
Our younger set of chicks started off in an incubator
 
Then lived in a large cardboard box with a red lamp in the side of it for heat.
 
When they reached about three weeks old they spent the day outside in another box, just for a change, then went back inside at night.
 
They are just about to spend their second night outside in the posh upstairs/downstairs cubby.
 
In a couple of weeks mother hen will move out from her chicks, leaving them to fend for themselves and the younger chicks will move in with the older ones.
 
 Ahh, what a busy few weeks we have had moving house!