“So…it went well, then?”

Really wondered what I was going to find when I visited the Big Chickenhouse this morning. I imagined all the incumbent hens welcoming the newcomers, inviting them to tea, sharing memorable egg photos. Maybe a nice Tupperware party to help them get settled…

No – I’m not quite that inexperienced. I just hoped there was no blood.

And in fact the three were pretty much exactly where I suspected they would be…

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Yeah. But then I got busy hauling scary new stuff inside, spreading straw, drilling and screwing stuff – activity guaranteed to convince even the most antisocial hen that a mutual threat does exist. Far less than halfway through my commotion, they might not have been best mates but they were certainly all out in the chicken yard together.

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Now there’s twice the pellet storage capacity, if nothing else.

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Since the flock is officially changing ownership, with Neighbor L taking over monthly subsidies and therefore management decisions from Landlady – I figured I’d better give the shelves their annual scrape. This batch of hens decided to roost up there, so they get six inches deep in shit pretty much moments after I clean them off. I put in the nesting box from the Fortress coop – it has two, but they only ever used one of them. And I set up a second feeder and waterer.

Should work out fine.

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One Response to “So…it went well, then?”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I’m doing this tonight. The thought being that I am going to introduce them at night so less initial craziness. Let us know how it goes over the next few days. I’m putting two young hens into a coop with six one year olds.

To the stake with the heretic!