I’m having a bit of a dilemma with my chooks.
Three of them are determined to free range, hanging out in the fruit trees and the vege garden, the one that can’t fly just yet stays home and poops in the nesting boxes! They have stopped galavanting around town now, which is a positive, they even have an understanding with the beagle who just noses and sniffs them as long as they don’t run, then he rounds them all back to the pen. They swan in twice a day for food and water, fly back into the pen, play with the lonely chook for half an hour, then pop out again.
Baxter the Beagle brought an egg into the kitchen for me yesterday and the day before, he did well with the first one which was only slightly cracked, the second didn’t fare so well, plus he neglected to tell me where he got them :-).
The thing is they haven’t layed for a long time, they insisted on roosting and pooping in their nice straw filled nests instead and I want the eggs, but I want all four of the chooks happy as well!
I am hoping that building my own chook house where the nesting boxes are lower than the roosting bars will stop that. Maybe a ladder so they can come and go without letting the Baxter Beagle in too, or enclose it so none of them can roam, but that would be a bit sad?!
How I will accomplish it, I don’t know yet but today I started by making a hinged door on my old DIY bath stand.
Update: today’s little bit, now it’s a door to half a nesting box with a board to stop the eggs rolling out the door. Optimistic I know!