The weather has been cold here in Maine with heavy frosts in the mornings so we decided to bring the girls in the barn. They were in 2 seperate coops and and we had made previous attempts to intergrate with no luck. They are territorial and can be downright nasty to one another. It took a bit for them to adjust but they are all good now. Above is a Leah's old doll house (that she never used) converted into a laying box with a few minor adjustments the girls are now laying there. The fencing was leftover pieces we had hanging around.
Meet our new additions, Cookie & Gretta.
Back to the naughty chickens...last Friday John butchered 30 meat birds, so he thought. Long story short, one had jumped out and was found the next day. Initially I thought "lucky bird" until a few of the others chickens picked on him so bad that I had to kill it. For the first time John was not availabile to do the dirty deed, so it was left to me. Initially I was a bit distraught and called my neighbor for advice. He had several suggestions for me and I opted to use the kids BB gun to put this poor bird out of misery. Another thing to add to my list of firsts for the year. :(
On a final note an article about China's recent scare, tainted eggs. Another reason to grow your own and/or buy local.