Seven and Starbuck
Starbuck and Olive
Just a quick chicken update: these girls are big enough now that they look like proper chickens. Unfortunately, Matt and I haven't been able to finish their coop yet, so they're still living in the basement for now. It's not a terrible situation, especially because we let them outside daily, but we need to get their coop up and running as soon as possible. We have all the materials needed to build it, so now we just need some extra time and cooperative weather
A couple weeks ago, when I first let the girls outside, I had a box (or rather several boxes taped together) I would use to keep them contained and safe from predators. Nowadays, I just grab Starbuck, place her somewhere in the yard, and the other three girls follow. Yesterday, all four chickens hung out under the same rosebush for nearly two hours while I weeded the vegetable garden. They don't seem to want to travel very far.
And the funniest part, for me, is when they've decided they've had enough. They walk straight back into the basement, without any intervention from me, and roost on their perches in the brooder with the door wide open.
Easiest pet ever.
But I totally get the whole chicken poop issue now. It's pretty disgusting.