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Friday, April 24, 2009

Quick Chicken Update -

- before I get back to the painting thing -

They've been loudly expressing their disapproval of me working outside while they remain locked in their chicken run. (No WAY I'm letting them free range - until mid-summer at the earliest! I have way too many plant starts that they would joyfully scratch up in their ecstasy at being able to roam free). A chicken friend of mine lent me this 'chicken playpen' - collapsible, bottomless and mobile. This way I can put them in various places in the yard to graze and scratch, while in very close quarters, to their hearts content.

They were initially freaked out a little, but quickly got into the spirit of it all. Jack was very excited to see them out as well. He spent much of the afternoon in close proximity, keeping them company and keeping an eye on them. (I think he was actually a sheepdog in his former life. Loves the herding!)

Ok! Baba Yaga is calling. Must get back to her before my chickens end up on *her* menu.

10 comments:

PG said...

Girls are looking good! And beautifully colour co-ordinated. :)

Jennifer Rose said...

healthy looking hens :D

clairesgarden said...

what a fabulous idea, they could be moved round veggy patches before they are planted to eradicate all the little buggy things.

Anonymous said...

A chicken dog, you mean. A chicken playpen is such a great idea. Elena

andrea said...

I love the photo of Jack tending his flock!

d. moll, l.ac. said...

Lovely chicken girls, I am sure they would love to "help" you in the garden.....happy painting.

Britt-Arnhild said...

How ovey to have chicken in your garden. Will they give you eggs?

Anonymous said...

good for Jack
Ross

June said...

Aww, go on, let the girls out to stretch, scratch and run about a bit :o)
How about covering up your seedlings with chicken wire covers, to keep the girls out!
(I have hens too, and know they have complete disregard to cultivation of young plants.)

double shot said...

Ha ha ha, no any comment for the last photo. I like Jack so much.