Not for us...for our small flock of remaining chickens!
Last winter, I noticed that the chicken pen was looking horrific. Those girls scratch and peck...and scratch and peck...looking for every last morsel of food they can find. They leave behind ground that looks like this...
There is no green anywhere to be found. I was afraid last year, that the grass was totally destroyed, but to my relief, when spring came, the grass (and weeds) turned green again. The weed/grass ratio was a little high, but at least it was green!
This winter, I've decided to be proactive. We have the goat pen, which is fenced in with the kind of wire that keeps chickens in, and is full of rich, green grass, so why not switch pens for a little while?
So...I opened the gate this morning, hoping that the chickens would get the idea...
They did...kind of. They headed out of the pen, and straight for the compost bins. I was hoping I could either catch them, or corral them into that pen on the far side of the picture, with the big tree and the calf hutch.
It soon became a zoo. Those barred rock chickens aren't used to being handled, and were impossible to catch when outside. So...Daniel (our neighbor) and I chased them back into their old pen, into their shed and shut the door. Then we proceeded to catch them and carry them in pairs over to their new
If only they could've understood what we were trying to do...now they have lots of lush, green grass, shelter, feed, water, and several roosting and hiding places.
But you know what? I probably won't get any eggs today as punishment! As of 1:00 pm...egg count "0"!
**We're in the midst of a warm trend right now, but when it gets colder again, or windy, I'll have to move them back to their regular shed! This is just to give them a chance to have some lush grass, and give the other ground a break from all the scratching.