Since work was basically a waste of time today, being the holiday and most people were either taking the day off, or were off, and the Hooligan's were getting more miserable every day due to lack of space, we took them to the Compound a day early. The Moose and I shot out of bed this morning at 5:15, and started loading up the car with chicken feed, water, and 11 chickens. We were at the compound by 7:15.
We spent the next hour or so, getting the final touches done to their coop. The nesting boxes we ordered came in earlier in the week, so in it went. We hung their food and water containers, laid down the pine shavings, attached a hook to their door, and a few other odds and ends. Then it was the big moment... Kinda like dropping your kid off to kindergarten for the first time.
We had them in a dog carrier, opened the door into the coop, and a couple of brave ones stepped out, ran in and then came running back into the carrier. It was the silliest thing. But after the Moose coaxed them in, they were so excited to have all the extra space. They started to scratch around, and play fight. We couldn't help ourselves; we grabbed a couple of chairs, and sat down to watch some "chick TV".
The Moose found an old wood log, full of bugs, and decided to put it in with the chicks. Chickens are just too nosy, to stay in one place for too long and before long, they had every nook and cranny investigated and were happily eating bugs.
I could write/talk for hours about these darn chickens! We're both very happy, that the Hooligan's all seem to be extremely happy in their new home. Now we can hardly wait until later next week, when we can let them have full access to the run area.
Have you ever noticed it's almost impossible to get a good photo of chickens? Thank goodness for digitial cameras; just when you think you have a good shot, someone moves!