This picture is actually mouse tracks leading to the chicken run door! The first snow our girls experienced started with a scroungy little critter trying to find shelter in last nights storm! It managed to squeeze it’s way through the corner of the run doorway, up the chicken ladder and somehow through the corner of the chicken door into the coop!
Call us surprised when we went into the coop to refill food and water to find a mouse darting around with the chickens chasing it! It was still pretty dark so the chickens were sleepy but trying to catch the little monster! After about 5 minutes of a game of chase I opened the chicken door and let the scared to death vermin out!
Needless to say we are now making sure that at least the coop door is super tightly closed at night.
As the sun came up the girls finally got to experience their very first snow outside. I don’t think they were very impressed. They wouldn’t even touch it! Avoiding anything white! It didn’t take long for them to starting back into the Tajma coop where it’s always toasty and comfortable.
So we were harvesting vegetables out of the garden when our neighbor called and said they had boy scouts on their property looking for arrow heads to earn a badge. She asked if they could come by to see the chickens so they could collect an agriculture badge. Of course we said “SURE! Come on over!”
So much excitement! Everyone wanted to touch a chicken so hubby held one while everyone took a turn petting. We explained how chickens lay eggs and that they don’t need a rooster to do it. We told them that chickens can lay lots of different colors of eggs and no, we don’t paint those colors on! We told them they lay an egg every 24 to 36 hours.
We showed them the inside of the coop and the new high tech nesting boxes and they were impressed at how happy the girls were just hanging out inside. They laughed when I explained that the Tajma Coop was meant to be roomy and cozy! And then I had to explain that all the feathers on the ground were from the girls molting like they do in the fall to get their new winter feathers. Each kid asked for a feather to add to their collection or to attach to their badge.
After the kids started to walk away the adults grilled us on how we treat the girls. “Do you let your chickens free range?” “Are you sure you have enough space for those chickens?” “How do you sell the eggs?”
We answered all the questions honestly and of course our girls get all the things they are supposed to get, plus a little more petting than most!
We were surprised a couplet days later to get this card from them. All the kids signed the card and on the inside they wrote…..Thank you for letting our cub scouts come over and visit your chickens. We all had a blast. We were so grateful for all the time you spent with them. Letting them pet one was the highlight of their visit.
The girls were happy for the visit too. The kids all pulled a few weeds and fed them through their fence! A Win Win for all!