It has been three weeks now that the chickens have been in their coop. They really like their coop and they know it is home that is a good thing. But I think it is time for them to explore the barnyard. I go down and open the chicken door first thing in the morning and usually four will come out right away. Then I wait and eventually give up and let the last one or two out the big door. Most of the time white 2 will go out the chicken door but one of the Rhode Island Reds is VERY nervous. Today I observed something very interesting. Five chickens were out and number 6 was fretting about being the only one left inside when one of the other RIRs brought the one inside a gift (can't tell some of them apart yet). It was like a momma bird bringing its baby a bug or worm. She dropped it right on the threshold of the chicken door. What a sweet gesture. Looks like the chickens are beginning to worry about #6 too. #6 went immediately to investigate and stuck her head out the door and looked all around but did not venture out. WHY?
I have been watching bluebirds this week. Many sightings but then after watching carefully I realized they had a favorite spot on the last fence post in the front yard. I think the are eyeing the hole in the post for a nest so today I put a bluebird house on the closest post to offer an alternative if they haven't decided yet. I did not want to get too close if they have already started a nest.
Beau really wants to come out lately BUT he won't let me put his halter on. The last time, he got sheared and got his hooves trimmed. I don't have the temporary fence up outside their pasture right now so I can't let anyone out and besides I want Beau to get used to his halter again so I can take him for walks for a treat and to naturally trim his hooves on the driveway gravel. Also, I would like to comb his mane (which did not get sheared and is starting to get dredlocks). He used to let me and then we didn't keep it up --or I didn't.
Now I need to take the time to watch him and get to understand him better and get him to trust me again.