Bugs were chased and caught, a number of the little bitty frogs we have so many of this year (does anyone else have these?) met an early demise, and a good part of yard was looked over. Mostly though they hung around the outsite of the run and just acted like chickens. Zyla the dog (who proved herself to be a bit less than completely trustworthy with the birds) and I made sure they didn't find their way into the garden.
|First real "free-ranging" outside the run.|
|The whole thing made Fred the Rooster a little nervous and he spent part of his time herding hens back toward the run.|
|He was definitely watching our for his girls, who were clearly enjoying themselves.|
|It was supervised outing, with De and Zyla the dog (on the leash) sharing in the supervisory duties|
|Zyla did get one little nip at tailfeathers of one bird before there was a correction. Overall she was pretty good considering the hens got right in her face.|
|De worked at getting some close-up pics of Fred. The evening light really brought out his colors.|
|Electra "photo-bombed" one shot.|
|She finally got the shot!|
- Evening is a good time for supervised outings.
- Zyla the dog and Abby the cat will NOT get the keys to the Crooked House Layers Club.
- Teaching the birds to come when called (at first using some scratch as a reward) makes it easy to have the birds out of the run and handle them well.
- Fred has the early appearance of becoming a good roo for the flock.
- They really are entertaining!