1. Never have knee replacement in the winter
2. Never introduce new chickens in the winter
As you might guess, things are not going well.
Three new girls are still in the dog kennel except when we're monitoring. Our four enjoy taking turns bullying, with Ruby Dee the most aggressive. Perhaps it's because she's next to the bottom of the pecking order and now she's reveling in being able to bully someone else. Who knows what goes in the minds of those chickens!
Sweet Pea (on the right) tells Lily Marlena and Peggy Sue that she's in charge
Yes, we do have names. Friend JC2 helped pick out "Peggy Sue" and I instantly knew it was a keeper. Lulu, the black austrolorp, hides out in the cage in the background.
But I now have a plan. In a couple of days the daily temps are to reach 38 degrees with no precip. When I leave the area at my mid-day rounds, I'll leave the coop door open into the barn, close the barn gate so donks can't access the coop, and leave everyone to their own devices for an hour. They're just going to have to duke it out. That's the plan for two consecutive days (cross your fingers the weather lives up to the forecast). Then we'll remove the dog kennel and see what happens.
Amazingly one of the new girls laid an egg, quite soon for hens this young.
It's the one on the bottom. Not terribly small.
In comparison the donkeys' care is a piece of cake right now, thank goodness.
Sugar (oh wait, is that Spice) asks if I brought out any cookies
When I say no, she asked if I am quite quite sure