The chicks have moved out to the big coop! They are excited, even though a bit overwhelmed sometimes, at their new space. We moved the dog crate they were in, along with their heater, so they can feel more comfortable and be able to get some warmth too.
They are still filling in their feathers and the nights are still cool, so they’ll keep their heater for a while longer. At night they stay in their crate, but during the day they are let out in one side of the coop, once all the big birds have gone out to free range.
They’ll slowly get used to each other from a safe place until the little ones are about the same size as the big ones. That way they are less apt to get picked on. I think I’ve mentioned before that the big chickens can be “mean girls” sometimes, and the guinea hen boys can just be brats. 🙂 It’s worth taking the time to integrate them slowly, and it’s nice we now have the extra space out there. After they’ve settled in for a week or two, we’ll put them in the outside run for a while each day too.
While our weather has still been kind of up and down, the warmer days in between rainy days have been helping things grow. I’m very excited about all the lupine we have this year – last year we only had one or two blossoms.
We have a lot of these big irises starting to open now too.
The barn garden is filling in very nicely!
“Don’t forget me!” says Luke.
Luke still likes to go outside even on the rainy days, though he’s definitely more of a sun-loving boy. We are still working on his new recall cue, I picked what I think is a fun word for it and we’ll tell you more as he comes along. It’s a slow process, because the trainer is a busy lady! 🙂 I think he’s learning well though. Now that the gardens are all planted (and everything is popping up!), I’ll hopefully have more time to devote to that. We get lots of time to practice the cue when we’re on our walks too, so with a little bit here and there, it’s being reinforced. I’m trying to stick to the schedule in the online class we took, and not rush things along as I’m often tempted to do, especially when Luke is doing so well.
Summer will be busy too, with weeding being an ongoing battle and lots of other projects around the house and farm. We also plan to enjoy a lot of that sunshine, the growing chicks, and a lot more flowers to come!
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