Chicken Challenges

| 8/11/2015 12:13:00 PM

Jennifer QuinnOne of my main objectives in moving to the country was to be able to keep a flock of chickens, both for the enjoyment of having them and for their value in providing eggs, fertilizer and critter control for the garden. Since I’m living back in the woods with wildlife all around, I wondered how practical this would be. Still, I thought surely it was worth a try, especially since an old camper on the site seemed ideally suited for conversion to a chicken coop. So in March I acquired 10 Icelandic and six Buckeye chicks, all of which were relocated to the camper by late April.

Rooster on top of clothesline post

Buckeyes back to back


I posted earlier about losing four of my half-grown chickens when something – probably a raccoon – was able to climb up, pull the window open and get several of them out. After that I realized I needed to secure the windows more carefully at night, and that seemed to solve the problem for the time being.

Then came the big day when the chickens were to be released to the outside. I was apprehensive about this, since I was told they wouldn’t know to come back to the coop at night – I’d have to catch them all and put them in there. Miraculously, though, they all came in the first night, though there was one straggler who couldn’t seem to find the door for the longest time! The second night was another story: Several of them decided to roost in a tree near the coop, and one or two didn’t survive the night. Another disappeared while foraging during the day.

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