I had planned on putting the hen and chicks in my original chicken tractor. I attempted to move it into my yard and it fell apart. I didn't realize how much it had rotted. The wire mesh on it is still good so I'll salvage that for another project. I had to use chicken tractor v2.0 instead. That was fine. I just want to keep them contained until the current flock gets used to them being there.
Chickens have no night vision. So it made sense to make they hand-off at night. My neighbor came over around 10:00 with a cranky hen and five 1-day old chicks. That was one more than we asked for. I can't complain about that! The hen was in no mood to be put in the tractor. She wouldn't stay still so we could put the chicks under her. I got a box and put some pine shavings in it. Then we put in the chicks, sat the hen on top of them. Then the box went into the shed for the night.
I went out to check on them the next morning. The hen thought that she had hatched eggs. And... She was not too happy to see me. She squawked a lot. I picked up the box and moved her and the chicks into the chicken tractor. They stuck together. The chicks thought she was their mom.
|This picture was taken right after I put them in there.|
|One chick slipped out. The rest are under the hen.|
dog came out to sniff around the pen and she freaked out. She was jumping and flapping her wings and had all of her feathers puffed out. The dog seemed confused. None of the other chickens have ever done that. I got her away from the pen and back into the yard. Then the hen calmed down.
broilers. Then they'll be able to explore as they please.