200 year-old house on 25 rocky acres in high country upstate NY and SO many highbush blueberries!
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Coming Home to Roost
Even though I've had chickens for several months, they haven't had the opportunity to go in and out of a roosting area until Sunday. They still haven't quite figured it out.
Every evening when it starts getting dark, they start doing this. Looking at the roost area, walking around the ramp, or other things that show me they want to go to bed. They'll even stand at the bottom of the ramp and gaze up or lean on the ramp looking up.
Every evening (four, so far), I've had to go in and physically put them on the ramp. Yesterday, I put their little feets on the step and showed them, by moving their feet, how to walk from one step to the next. Not entirely sure when they'll "get it." Two nights ago 2 hens went up by themselves, but last night one of them forgot again. For you chicken experts out there, should I just leave them and they'll figure it out on their own, or am I doing the right thing?
Still no Pancho. Maggie is morose and Sparky is glum. Me, too.