Rocky Road is doing beautifully! I'm so glad…He is so-o-o sweet. and loves to be held! He was getting awfully “antsy” being by himself in his own cage, even though his cage is in the same pen with his brothers, but still…So, I put 2 females in with him, and now he's regained his confidence and is much happier! Even though he's not sexually active yet, he was craving companionship, and I was really, really tempted to put him back “into the flock”, so to speak, but I was just too afraid of his scabs being opened up again (with 5 other roos), so I thought the females would be worth a try, and it seems to have worked! He's healing so well, and he seems much happier! What a sweet boy!
The coop is coming along nicely as well…Front and rear windows have been added, and the sink has been installed…Hot and cold running water…how decadent! The pipes under the sink go out through the wall instead of down through the floor, so that I can utilize the space under the sink, since space is at a premium! Please, please people, when building a new coop, always make it bigger than what you think you'll need!
We still have the right side of the coop to work on, but it's very, very usable so far!
I guess my birds need some extra lessons in Coop Etiquette…Most of these birds do not go in the coop when it rains, which is OK if it's just a shower, but when it's a Deluge with lightning and thunder, wouldn't you think it just plain “chicken sense” to go inside the coop?!? This happened just the other night, and the chickens got absolutely soaked to the skin! So, we are now in the process of constructing a solid roof over part of the pen, so that they at least have some dry area to “wait out the storm”. I do have something to tell you in regards to this subject…Since the young birds wanted to stay out as well, I temporarily covered Rocky Road's cage with some styrofoam panels, which gave the other juveniles a dry area also. Well, while waiting for the storm to arrive, Erik looked out his window and saw the panels, which were yellow, “dancing” up and down, and since the wind hadn't picked up yet, he naturally got curious…Turns out, chickens LOVE to eat styrofoam! So, a word to the wise…DO NOT use styrofoam anywhere close to chickens! And, if you can possibly manage it, give them a partial roof of solid material, just in case they're like mine!